The Lord Is With You
And the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.
Mighty Man of What?
At first Gideon was not a man of valor (courage), he was weak and cowardly. In fact, he was the smallest and youngest of his family and would be the least of many to be called a warrior. What’s ironic about this passage of Scripture is the angel spoke these words to Gideon while he was underground hiding in fear of the Midianites robbing and killing him. But God had something special in store for Gideon.
God called upon Gideon to rise up when the Israelites finally cried out to the Lord for help after suffering seven years of punishment for worshipping Baal. It wasn’t long after the Israelites were living comfortably in the Promise Land that they turned their back on God and broke the First Commandment. Now it was time for Gideon to be the man God was going to use to save the Israelites from the Midianites.
Gideon led an army of 300 Israelites into victory by blowing trumpets, smashing clay pots, holding up torches and raising their voices (Judges 7:20). The Midianites were defeated and Gideon never had to raise the first sword.
Gideon is a great example of God using the least of many to do great and wonderful things. No matter your position or calling you are someone God wants to use. He wants to use the ordinary to do extraordinary things to show His mightiness. Never underestimate your usefulness because God wants to do amazing things through you.
Pray for God to use your life to show others what a mighty God you serve.