The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.” Judges 6:12
Imagine one day your at work , you have a lot on your mind, financial problems, family health problems, your stressed out but Jesus comes to you and calls you a Valiant or Mighty Warrior! You would probably think what? I’m anything but a mighty warrior, I’m barely surviving!
But Jesus sees us in from a different perspective! This is what was happening with Gideon, him and the Israelites were being oppressed and enslaved by the Midianites. His family turned to pagan worship of Baal, things were not going well for Gideon, but God called him to be his servant!
Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” Judges 6:13
Gideon was a straight shooter and said to Jesus, if we are blessed then why are all these bad things happening to us? Why did God abandon us? I’m sure a lot of us can relate to these questions Gideon was asking, however because we have foreknown knowledge of the situation we know that bad things were happening to Israel because of Sin, we know that God never abandoned Gideon or the Israelites!
The LORD looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14
Even after all of Gideons complaints and excuses to God, he told him “Go In Strength”! , “ I AM sending YOU”! Don’t focus on all your temporary problems, our God is a mighty God and can do all things! Don’t keep saying I cant I cant I cant keep saying God will God will God will
When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the LORD, he said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.” Judges 6:22
Once Gideon realized who the “angel of the Lord” was he called him God! He said I have seen him face to face! Gideon knows he was talking to the Christ (Messiah) who has called Gideon a Mighty Warrior despite all his struggles!
Jesus has made you a warrior also on the cross! Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding Amen!