Too often, we allow our insecurities to dictate what we think we can do for God. We look in the mirror and judge what we see based on the world’s definition of beauty. We allow man’s version of success to dictate how we feel about our lives and accomplishments.
How differently would we live if we saw in ourselves what God sees? Because God sees a mighty warrior.
Read the story of Gideon (Judges 6:11-24.) Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Did you see it?
Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” - Judges 6:12
Now, at first glance, this may not appear to mean much. After all, the Bible is full of impressive individuals. How many times have we wished for the patience of Job, the faith of Abraham or the perseverance of Paul? The Lord calls Gideon a mighty warrior. So what?
But, read on.
Gideon said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” – Judges 6:15
Gideon did not come from an impressive family and, on top of that, he was the baby of the bunch. In his estimation, he was young and he was weak. In fact, when the Angel of the Lord came to him, he was threshing wheat in a wine press because he was hiding from the Midianites. No one would have looked at him and seen a mighty warrior. No one except the One who had created him to be just that.
We can not know what a day will bring or what trials we will face. For sure, there will be times when we feel too weak and ill-equipped for the task at hand. We may even find ourselves, like Gideon, trying to hide from the enemy.
But God sees in us everything He created us to be. So, when the storm comes, listen for His voice. Hear Him say to you, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
Stacy Edwards (@sjedwards) is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.