“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him,
the Lord is with you, you mighty man of [fearless] courage.”
At that precise moment we know Gideon didn’t see himself
as a mighty man of valor. In fact he didn’t see much for
“Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel?
Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the
least in my father’s house. “
How did Gideon get to that conclusion?
Someone told him of course!
It may have been his parents or his friends or neighbors but
whatever the case he didn’t see much for his life. He saw
himself as the least.
He may of expected nothing in his life but that didn’t change
the truth that God saw more….
He saw so much more for Gideon and He declared it……!
We may see a partial picture of our lives but God sees a full
We need God’s help to keep seeing more.
There are so many things on a daily basis that push us to
doubt God’s plan for our lives.
The circumstances around us try to force us to believe
there is no plan, that this is how it will always be but it’s all a
“And He said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where did you come from,
and where are you intending to go?
And she said, I am running away from my mistress Sarai.
The Angel of the Lord said to her, Go back to your mistress
and [humbly] submit to her control.
Also the Angel of the Lord said to her, I will multiply your
descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered
for multitude. “
Hagar couldn’t take it anymore. She had to run away from her
household because Sarai dealt severely with her. She was at the
end of her rope. Did she see all that God had for her at that
moment? I don’t think so.
All she wanted was relief from the abuse.
But in such adverse circumstances God had a plan for her
and her family.
She couldn’t see it though. That is why she ran away!
The strategy has not changed. The enemy wants to discourage us.
He wants us to lose hope.
He wants us to give up on our calling.
But we have a chance friends. God is with us.
We need to hang on to what He says about us.
When He looks at our lives He sees the more He intended
for us. What we need to do is see it too. We need His help.
When we are discouraged, or we want to give up remember
there is more. God has so much more in store for us.
The enemy must not win!
Put your faith in the Lord.
He will bring to pass everything He has promised you.
Don’t throw in the towel.
Your life will turn around because God is with you.
That is my encouragement to you friends.