One Reason Why God’s Opinion Of You Matters The Most
It’s really easy to be hard on ourselves, isn’t it? No one knows your flaws and weaknesses like you do. I’ve often said we’re our own worst enemies.
The hard part about changing and becoming someone different is seeing past your current circumstances. A great example of this is found in the life of Gideon.
The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior. Judges 6:11-12
If we are honest with ourselves we would agree that Gideon was afraid. The reason he was hiding in a winepress threshing wheat is because he didn’t want the Midianites to see him. The average person didn’t thresh wheat in a winepress. It wasn’t made for that. The only reason you would do this is because you would want to hide from someone.
The Lord had to get Gideon to start thinking differently about himself before he would ever become the person God saw him as becoming. That’s why the Lord started calling him a mighty warrior, even before he fought his first battle. The Lord knew the battle had to be won in Gideon’s head, before he could win on the battlefield.
The Lord spoke to Gideon based on who he would become tomorrow, not based on who he was today.
He spoke in faith over his life and he didn’t want Gideon’s current reality to define his future one.
The Lord wants the same for you and I.
It’s good to know the Lord sees more in us than we can. He sees what we can become, not just who we are today.
Question: Who is God calling you to become or change into?
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir