I’ve recently been reading about Gideon in Judges 6-8, and I think we as Christians can learn a lot from his story. It begins with Israel being held captive by the Midianites. God sends a heavenly messenger to instruct Gideon to lead an army of Israelites to defeat their captors and claim back their land. Not only was Gideon from the weakest clan, but he was also the considered to be the “least” in his family.
If there is one thing I have learnt about God using people, it’s that he loves to use those who seem “weak” or “unqualified” by our standards so that he can reveal his glory through those he choses. Gideon was no exception. The messenger greets this seemingly “weak” person by saying in Judges 6:12, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” The messenger deliberately spoke into who Gideon was going to become, rather than the character he was displaying at that present moment.
It is vital that we treat people this way. We need to speak into their Godly identity rather than their worldly identity, even if we can’t see it yet. A person’s Godly identity is something that the enemy will always attack, because he knows that the significance of us being rooted in the Lord means that we are very dangerous to the forces of evil.