Judges 4, 5, 6
Focus Verse: And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” – Judges 6:12
When the angel of the Lord met Gideon, he called him a “mighty man of valor.” But Gideon’s words and actions after this exultant greeting show quite a different kind of man.
First, he questioned God’s presence. The angel told Gideon that the Lord was with him, but Gideon’s response was: “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Second, he doubted his might. The angel told Gideon to go in his might and save Israel from Midian, but once again Gideon’s response was one of doubt. He said: “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
Third, he tested God’s word. The angel had already told Gideon that God would use him to save Israel, but Gideon decided to test God before trusting Him completely. He put out one fleece and asked God to let it be wet with dew while the ground was dry. God did so. But that wasn’t enough for Gideon. He said: “Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew.” God did so again.
Throughout this passage, we see that Gideon was a fearful man who doubted God and doubted himself. Yet, the angel of the Lord called Gideon a “mighty man of valor.” Why? Because God saw something in Gideon that Gideon did not see in himself. Behind his uncertain and faithless exterior, God knew Gideon possessed a mighty heart and a valiant soul. God knew that although Gideon appeared to be a coward, he actually had a courageous spirit.
God did not call Gideon what he appeared to be – fearful, faithless, uncertain, doubtful, timid. God called Gideon what He actually was – mighty, man of valor.
What is God calling you? Listen to Him. Trust Him. Become what He says you are.