Jdg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Gideon was fearful and apprehensive of the Midianites. So much so, he hid the barley for fear of the raiding Midianites. Yet the angel of the Lord hailed him as a mighty man of valour. Likewise, Jesus called Peter the rock even though he was so fearful that he denied His Master thrice. The Lord sees our potential in Him and speaks words of affirmation. He knows our human failings and our fears but an assurance of His presence with the faithful is sufficient to drive it all away. We are called to be warriors and not worriers.
The Lord Himself is with us as a mighty warrior. He deals with our formidable foes and enemies in His inimitable way. Often, He lets them fight among themselves and bring destruction upon their heads. Sometimes, like an expert judoko He turns their own force and strength of the opponents against themselves.
The other day in a time of prophetic prayer, the Lord revealed, “ Only I know the ways in which I have protected you and led you this far.” Our role is just to believe, trust the Lord and take a stand. He does the rest and manifests the grace and power of Jehovah Nisi, the God who gives victory. Gideon was a farmer turned warrior. We too must combine the patience and endurance of a farmer with the courage,strength, strategizing ability and vigour of a soldier. We must combine the ability to wait for a long time for the seeds to germinate and grow with the ability to strike swiftly.
Prateep V Philip