Judges 6:11-12 11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
Gideon was a weakling. I could have taken him in a fight… I think. His weakness came from how he saw himself. He argued with the angel of the Lord about his assignment. He was sure he couldn’t do it. Just to see how lame he thought he was, we can look at verse 15: My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family. I mean, this guy had zero confidence. So even when the Lord showed up, it was still a hard pill to swallow. How could little old me change the world?
There was good news for Gideon – God saw him differently. In verse 12, the angel shows up and calls him mighty warrior. Now keep in mind that he is hiding out in a winepress threshing grain at this time. He is full of fear, anxiety and worry. So he hides from the enemy, not wanting to be discovered. But the angel calls him mighty. How can this be? How can the angel call a scaredy cat like Gideon a mighty warrior? I’ll give you two reasons:
1. God sees people the way He created them to be. He sees in us the capacity of greatness – that He put in us – through His power.
2. God sees things for what they will be. He isn’t stuck on what things look like in the present.
God saw Gideon in these two ways. He saw him with the capacity of a mighty warrior and He saw him through the lens of what was to come. It took Gideon a while to come around, but when he finally starting believing he was who God said he was… look out! He was a force to be reckoned with. But it took God telling Him who he was. For when God tells us who we are, we can rise to that identity and stop looking through our own eyes. It is at that point that the mirror doesn’t matter anymore; all that matters is the reflection of Him in our lives.
Understanding these truths will absolutely change your life. This will change the way you see yourself; it will change the way you believe in yourself. For God sees you the way He created you to be. To Him, your identity is not limited to your poor choices or your insecurities. He knows who you really are. And He knows what you can become. It is for this reason that He calls you mighty. It is for this reason that little old me might just change the world.