You Mighty Man of Valor

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How do you see yourself?  Maybe you see yourself as being insignificant and invisible; unable to do anything right.  Or maybe you see yourself as not being good enough for the job God has called you to complete.  Well, do I have news for you.

I love the Bible story about Gideon.  Here is a man that I think we all can relate to at some point in our lives.  As Gideon was basically hiding in fear and threshing wheat, an Angel of the Lord appears to him and says; “The  Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor.”  I would love to have seen the look on Gideon’s face.  He may have even looked around to see if there was anyone else standing around him that the Angel could have been talking to instead.  Gideon responded by reminding the Angel that the Lord had forsaken them and delivered them into the hands of the Midianites.  I love the next line that the Lord speaks to Gideon:  “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.  Have I not sent you?” God is calling the things that are not as though they were.  Gideon surly was not a man of valor at this point.  He was a fearful, cowardly man.  But God knew what He created Gideon to become and He knew that there was nobody else that He would rather give this incredible task to. If you continue to read the story you will see that Gideon asked the Angel for a sign.  Once he was convinced, he was able to do the work that God had called him to do.

Every time Gideon thought low about himself and unequipped for the job that God had called him to, God would speak the opposite about him.  Gideon saw himself as fearful, weak, and the least in his family.  But God saw him as a mighty man of valor! Gideon saw himself unable to do the work God had planned for Him.  But God said that He was with Him and he will defeat the Midianites.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.  I Corinthians 1:27

Dear one, you are great in the eyes of God!  He created you and thinks you are absolutely perfect!  Quit worrying about what other people think about you and begin to believe what God says about you.  Quit allowing your own thoughts and people around you to dictate who you are and who you will become.  Start believing what God says about you. You are awesome in the sight of the Lord and He has good things in store for you.