Jdg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.
In every way, for us to be successful, healthy, wise, rich, victorious etc, for us to realise our full potential, that is, to fulfill God’s destiny for us- we must know God precedes us. Before our successes, God is. Before our might, God is. Therefore, when the angel of the LORD spoke to Gideon, he first declared that God was then proclaimed Gideon’s true identity- a might man of valour.
Many of us may not know God’s plan, destiny for us. In fact, we may be beating out wheat in a wine press; hiding our treasures from the enemy without knowing what little that treasure is in comparison to God’s plan for us. Here was Gideon in the wine press beating out wheat to hide it from the Midianites, yet God saw him as a mighty man who would oust the Midianites.
Even if this was so, it would never come to pass until Gideon understood that God was with Him. God precedes our true identity. So the angel said first that the LORD was with Gideon. Then he went on to tell Gideon who God saw him as. We must believe that God is so that we can see who we really are. The angel said ” The LORD is with you, you might man of valour.” not “You mighty man of valour, the LORD is with you.” He must receive His glory before we receive our praise.
This verse used to get me very excited by the fact that God saw me (Gideon) as a mighty man of valour despite my weakness. Yet I discovered more in the verse. I discovered God is. Gideon would have continued beating wheat in the wine press if not God.
Thank God He is, for then I am.Since He is, I am the mighty man of valour.