As we get set to close out our study on Gideon, I want to go back to the beginning. Remember where this all started? Gideon was hiding from his enemies in a winepress when the angel of the Lord came to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you.”
God has a good view of us, and it is always much better than our view. Now that we know the end of the story, we know that the angel was right. Gideon is a mighty hero, he just doesn’t know it yet.
The Lord sees you differently from how you see yourself. How many of you feel like a mighty hero today? I’m sure Gideon didn’t when he was called. He felt a little more like a coward. And yet the angel of the Lord saw him as something else. God saw him as beyond all his fears, doubts and dysfunctions. God knew the story before Gideon lived it. Gideon was in for a big adventure. God knew that, but Gideon didn’t. That’s why we walk by faith and not by sight.
How many of us know what even one day holds? No one. And we may have any number of anxieties as we face the future. We may feel small and inadequate. We may have any number of issues standing between us and God’s will for us, but the only thing remaining is the living. God’s already got our name picked out. We are mighty heroes — valiant warriors — ready for battle. Yes you, mighty hero.
If you have the Spirit of God (and you do, if you have placed your faith in Christ as your savior), this applies to you. You are a mighty hero in spite of what you feel like. God sees you as victorious over what you are being intimidated by right now. God sees you as victorious in spite of all you think you have to do to get there.
It’s time to start seeing ourselves as God sees us, and that view comes through His word.
The word of God is like a mirror reflecting how God sees us. Look in the mirror; the image that comes back is of one who is forgiven, washed clean of your sin, and clothed in righteousness — not your own but Christ’s. The image that comes back is of one who is gifted by God to help others in specific ways, many of them yet to be discovered. And the image that comes back is of one who is empowered by the Holy Spirit to love.
I can hold a mirror up to my face and see someone who has a long way to go. I can see someone burdened with anxieties and inadequacies, most of which he is hiding. But I can hold the word of God up to my face and see something else. I see a mighty hero. What will it take today to go with God’s view? How about you?
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)