When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”(Judges 6:11)
Mighty Warrior – it’s what the angel of the Lord called Gideon.
What was Gideon doing at the time?
I asked the same question. So, I went back and looked. I thought for sure he was doing something great and courageous already, maybe a leader of men. It seems, though, that God doesn’t usually call men from such places.
He seems to choose the unlikely, the lowly, the un-expecting.
Think about Mary, David, Joseph, John the Baptist, Deborah. All of them not likely candidates for God to use in mighty and powerful ways, but used nonetheless.
Gideon was much the same.
When the angel of the Lord called him, he was threshing wheat. It was a process for farmers to separate the grain from the straw. Gideon was doing this on his own, not with oxen or other animals to walk over them. He was also doing it in an isolated place because of those Midianites. Here he was in relative obscurity, doing his job, when the angel came to him.
But, the angel called him “Mighty Warrior.” What is up with that?
I see something in that that encourages and strengthens me in my personal walk.
He saw the mighty warrior in Gideon. He called him to be more because God knew he was made for more.
This I love because if God saw more in Gideon, He sees more in me too. Gods knows what I was made to do. He knows what I can be and He calls me. Through the simple obedience of each day, He is preparing me for more. He knows the longing of my heart to impact the world for the kingdom, far beyond what I can see. I pray that He sees in me what He saw in Gideon.
I want to be a mighty warrior, too.