The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor!

I love the call of Gideon, recorded for us in Judges 6. Read it HERE. This is what I find so interesting – The way the angel of the Lord describes Gideon:

“The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor” (v.12)

Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (v.14)

If you read the story of Gideon’s call, you might initially have the same thoughts that I did — Namely, Gideon just doesn’t seem all that great. He’s the definition of hesitancy. In fact, I struggled to find anything valiant or mighty about him. In verse 11 he’s hiding, in verses 13-14 he’s doubting the LORD, in verse 15 he’s questioning his adequacy for the task, in verses 17-18, 36, 39 he’s testing the LORD, and in verse 27 he’s fearing his family and the men of his town. This guy is certainly no Joshua — the mountain of courage and strength. He even pales in comparison to other Judges such as Othniel and Ehud who seem to be far more valiant than he. Shouldn’t we save these kind of titles for the “true” warriors? Why does the angel of the LORD address him thus?

…Because God was with him. And, God chose to use him.

That’s it. It’s a refreshing message. Not because it encourages timidity (It shouldn’t!), but because it places the focus of strength where it ought to be – on the source rather than the recipient. It’s also encouraging to know that the LORD describes us according to that which he intends to do through us, not by that which we naturally possess or by the position/situation in which we currently find ourselves.

The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor” (v.12)

Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (v.14)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Eph 6:10)

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One Response to The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor!

  1. Ricardo says:

    yes! Gideon is mighty and valiant not in and of himself; his identity is only defined by the One who has the power to give him that identity, God Himself! Thank you, brother, for that encouragement. Lord, give us the faith and trust in You to receive the identity that You have for us! Help us to walk and grow in it each day!

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