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“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12 NIV
The angel of God positioned himself under the oak next to Gideon while he was working. Gideon was executing his strategy to hide his provision from the Midianites. He was also threshing his wheat in a winepress; repurposing his resources.
As the angel watched Gideon, he delivered a message from God. It was a new job title: Mighty Man of Valor; Mighty Warrior. God sees things others cannot – in us, in circumstances, in others, in the present and the future. He orchestrates things at a level we can’t even imagine. God is the ultimate strategist!
As Gideon engaged in conversation, he was not afraid to ask the hard question: why are all these horrible things happening to your people? It is at that point in the discourse Gideon recognizes God in the conversation. God answers his question: I am sending you to save them.
But Gideon is having a hard time accepting God’s new job title. God is already speaking to him as a Mighty Warrior, but Gideon can’t wrap his head around it. He takes an account of only those things he can see: I am the weakest of the weak.
God asks Gideon to accept his title in faith. He assures him: “I will be with you. You will do this in My power.” Gideon is still skiddish. He asks God for a demonstration and confirmation. He steps out in faith and honors God with a sacrifice. Sometimes learning to trust God starts in the little things. It builds our trust and confidence in him before the battle comes. Gideon goes back to God a second time. There is a second demonstration of power by God. At this point Gideon begins to step from the seen world into the unseen world. He begins to recognize the breadth and depth of God’s power. He begins to hear God’s voice clearly and see things in a different realm. He begins to step into his new job title: Mighty Man of Valor; Mighty Warrior.
God, help us see You move and receive Your promotions. Lord God, help us let go of the old and grab hold of the new in Christ Jesus.