God’s Mighty Warrior

God’s Mighty Warrior

April 18, 2017

“When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.’” Judges 6:12 (NIV)

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I remember being a new mom and finding great solace in the bathroom. Some days I wanted to hide in there for long stretches of time from my energetic toddler. My son Ethan loved to turn off the light in the bathroom and shut the door. He would giggle from the other side.

I didn’t care about being in the dark. I was just happy to be left alone for a moment. I didn’t feel at all like a mighty warrior. I felt more like a nobody hiding out.

This is how I imagine Gideon’s disposition was in Judges 6. During this time, the Midianites had overpowered and dominated Israel for seven years. The Israelites hid out in mountains, caves and forts. Like an invasion of locusts, the enemy came in and took over. They destroyed Israel’s crops and devastated the country. In desperation, the people of Israel cried out to God for help.

Perhaps something has overwhelmed you in your life. Maybe you relate to Gideon’s situation like this …

The crying children overpowered the mothers. Because of their whiny, unhappy little ones, the mothers made hideouts wherever they could find them — the bathroom, local coffee shop or hidden in the laundry room. The children wreaked havoc in the kitchen and family room. Their toys were like an invasion of locusts. The mothers, reduced to wearing sweats and cutting up food all day, cried out to God for help.

We can all take heart, because in the midst of Gideon’s hopelessness, God shows up in a big way. While Gideon was hiding in a winepress, threshing wheat, the angel of the Lord appears. This was not just any angel. This is understood to be an Old Testament appearance of God Himself declaring:

“The LORD is with you, mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12b).

“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14b, NIV)

Gideon may have looked behind him to see if the angel of the Lord was addressing someone else. After all, he was hardly qualified to save Israel, coming from the weakest clan in Manasseh and being the least in his family (verse 15). Yet apparently to God, Gideon was a mighty warrior.

I believe God sees mighty warriors in each of us too. Imagine going about your daily work, making dinner, paying bills or sorting laundry and God appears to you saying, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” This would undoubtedly change your life.

It doesn’t matter how you were raised as a child, whether you’re rich or poor, God makes victors out of the ordinary and overlooked. God seems to delight in working powerfully through unexpected “warriors” such as Gideon, Rahab and Ruth. Don’t let your past determine your present or your circumstances dictate your worth. God is the giver of new life.

Notice God appeared to Gideon in private. Wheat was normally threshed in open spaces, typically on a hilltop so the breeze could blow away the chaff. But fearful of the Midianites, Gideon worked hidden away in a sunken winepress.

God can meet you in the privacy of your home when you’re tending to your family members, thinking no one notices your efforts. You might be caring for a toddler, teenager or aging parent. Or you may be at your job, doing your daily work when God shows up to speak to you. Gideon was a simple man living a normal life, but as he fulfilled his everyday duties, God showed up to do the miraculous.

Gideon was teachable because he listened to what the angel of the Lord said. He rose to the daunting occasion of delivering the Israelites. He didn’t do it perfectly, but God’s strength is perfected in weakness, isn’t it?

So when you look in the bathroom mirror today, what will you see? Even if you’re hiding in there, you can choose to see a mighty warrior for God.

Lord God, sometimes I wonder how I will accomplish the tasks at hand. I have felt overwhelmed and underqualified. Yet I know You are with me, and that makes all the difference in the world. May I experience Your power in my life today. Make me into a mighty warrior for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Judges 8:28, “Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.” (NIV)

2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Which qualities of a mighty warrior would you like to possess?

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  1. Michelle says:

    I laughed when I read this. You might as well have seen straight into my heart. Thank you.

    • Me too! I’m struggling with my 40 yr old son and the grandiose ideas he has with mental illness! I’m going to spend a week with him to get him grounded again. I will remember the mighty warrior I am because God goes with me. Very comforting! Thanks!

      • Melissa Schaffer says:

        God bless Rose. I have bipolar and have been where your son is. I have been in remission for 6 years thanks to the proper medication. I hope you both find your peace and his healing ❤️

    • Don’t grow weary Michelle and Rose! 🙂 God is with you!

  2. Thank you for this. It is so timely as I have watched God show up in big ways yet again. I’m so thankful for our mighty God and His infinite wisdom. Sometimes it is the battle that gets tiring. Fending off the enemy’s attempts to deceive us can be tiring. I’m so thankful for God’s strength in our weakness. He provides the perspective that determines our perseverance. ❤️

  3. Thank you for this beautiful devotional that spoke to my heart. As a stay at home mom I often feel burned out. God bless you. Can’t thank you enough…

  4. The bathroom wine press–you made me smile, Arlene. The wine press is used to tread grapes. Yep, the bathroom is the place to meet God for a good squeeze. That squeeze might come in the form of a heavenly hug, a gentle reshaping or a sudden force for change. Embrace God’s squeeze!

  5. Don’t let your past dictate your present or your circumstances dictate your worth. Thank you Arlene for those words. I’m going to post them all around my house!

  6. There are so many worries and fears on my heart today, so I would be brave and fearless, if I could have any qualities of a mighty warrior. It took alot of prayer just to get out of bed this morning. Thank you for the message, and I just pray I can keep it on my heart all day, that God is with me throughout the battles I face today, this week, and always. Thank you!

  7. Elysett Sigler says:

    What amazing devotion for today, just perfect like the God we serve. I struggled yesterday at work and needed motivation and strength from my mighty God to help me get back in the saddle to do my job. Single mom living in a family world, i will not let Satan bring me down. Thank you! Peace be with everyone.

  8. I love the story of Gideon; he was in the wine press destroying his crops so the Midianites won’t be able to take them. What an act of hopeless desperation the angel walked in on! His immediate response to being called was that he was the least in his weak clan. Our worldly identities can cast such a dark shadow over us. But God didn’t call the strongest person in the strongest clan. He chose Gideon.
    Today, I just pray that my past identities and mistakes will not hinder what I can do for God today. We all have shortcomings but it is not helpful to continually define oneself by one’s past.

    • If you have asked for forgiveness and repented of your past; it is covered under the blood – it’s gone! It has no power over your future! The enemy likes to tell us that because of our past we can not be what God wants us to be – but the enemy is a liar. God has got you completely covered and he can bring beauty from ashes.

  9. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ENCOURAGEMENT TODAY ! I FEEL EMPOWERED AS I HEAD INTO MY DAY! BLESSINGS ON YOU AND EVERY READER WHO VISITS HERE TODAY ! GO, GIRLS !!!!

  10. Always thankful for an ordinary day! Jesus is victorious! Thank you for this exceptional inspiration for the days following Easter! ALLELUIA!

  11. Heidi Olson says:

    Great message today with a touch of humor. I think all moms can relate to the peace of the bathroom!

  12. Thank you for letting God use you in such a mighty way. This is exactly what I needed personally and professionally today. May God bless all of the women who read and receive this word today.

  13. What a great encouragement this morning! I laughed because I have appropriated the same hiding place in our home.

  14. Wow,that was inspiring,I needed that today,sometimes I can get to feeling unimportant,and just like everything seems to pass by,I want to be used by God,but I can feel under qualified…Lord I Thankyou that you choose who you please when you want,I want to be used by you today and everyday…Help me to be qualified….

  15. Marilyn Hill says:

    This is a most wonderful, thoughtful word,I believe, from the Lord in this time of our lives – mine for sure in so many areas.The story of Gideon played such an important part in a chapter of my life many years ago when I found myself in a “battle” for the children in a Christian school, my 4 included, only 2 other parents showing up in person for this purpose…lost my job there, but God brought the situation to be instituted some 3 years later as we had petitioned for after God had situated us in
    another school where my children,and myself, were most welcomed and loved in the Lord – with those purposes part of their daily ‘regimen’already implemented – God is our Army!

  16. The qualities that I do to be a mighty warrior is to continue to take time out first thing in the morning before I start my day to pray, do devotions, study God’s word and to lift those up who are asking for prayer to pray for them even if it is in my living room, my bathroom, or even riding down the road, or wherever I my be that I see someone who may need prayer.

  17. I recently listened to a 6 weeks teaching on ‘Gideon’ and your devotional today Arlene drives home again the lessons from Gideon’s story even more. It is gratifying and very encouraging for me to learn that even in our fearful and doubting state…God sees the warrior we can become on the inside. I have had to face daunting situation in the last few months and I have known fear, doubt and uncertainties in a very real and crippling way. But knowing that despite all these negative emotions plaguing me…God can still meet me right there…..Glory to God, now it’s getting easier everyday to trust God in the midst of the fears and worries…..

    • I have been in a similar place the last couple of years- it is still a struggle but this word has helped me to look at myself as a warrior instead of a victim. All praise, all praise, all praise be to God- always, always and forever!

      • I can’t begin to tell you what a blessing Proverbs 31 is to me!! Thank you! I also do First 5, which is awesome!! This devotional on Gideon and “a mighty warrior” was so fitting for me, and I have a sister who is going through a tough situation , and I am sharing with her. God Bless all of you @ Proverbs 31!!

  18. This must have been what I needed to hear because I am on the verge of tears. I work for a church that has become increasingly worldly. I have asked God for years to get me out of this situation and place me in a job where I don’t feel like I am working for the enemy. Each day is a lesson from Him. Each day He provides comfort and strength, but not a way out yet. I often feel like I am nobody -hiding like the Israelites. I am encouraged to read the words of this devotion. I may not be special to the world, but God can use me like a warrior! Bless you for posting this!

  19. This blessed me this morning

  20. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this –
    “The crying children overpowered the mothers. Because of their whiny, unhappy little ones, the mothers made hideouts wherever they could find them — the bathroom, local coffee shop or hidden in the laundry room. The children wreaked havoc in the kitchen and family room. Their toys were like an invasion of locusts. The mothers, reduced to wearing sweats and cutting up food all day, cried out to God for help”
    I laughed out loud. What a great reminder that God is with us wherever we are.

  21. Thank you. I needed this challenge and encouragement. I taught children’s Sunday school for 35 years when I was asked (or was it drafted?) to lead the Ladies’ Bible group. This is totally out of my comfort zone. In truth, as a children’s teacher I skated by. Now I really have to make it a priority to have a personal devotion every day to keep my focus on the Lord. In spite of all my insecurities, I have seen first hand how the Lord equips the called.

  22. Mary Nelson says:

    I want to say that this page has been what I’ve been praying for a longtime!!! I believe that u must have a great love for people and even greater love for GOD!!! Must pray & study to get rooted and grounded in the WORD!!! Must be filled in the HOLY SPIRIT have HIS FIRE BURNING IN YR HEART!!! Must have n ear to hear GOD and sees that see what GOD want u to see!! Also must have time to rest in the LORD, to be lead by the HOLY SPIRIT!!! But the right down to the point u must obey HIS command in HIS time and HIS way!!! For HIS GLORY to save SOULS!!! Giving HIM PRAISE and WORSHIP IN ALL THINGS!!!

  23. I would like to possess Peace as a mighty warrior. May the LORD God Almighty increase my trust in Him and faith in what He says.

  24. Cindy LePore says:

    This is me this spoke to me volumes today.

  25. Thank you for this devotional! I felt that God spoke to me and told me to check this site out. I needed to read this as I was feeling overwhelmed and tired yesterday. Having three little ones can be a challenge, but with God’s strength and guidance I can continue to be a mighty warrior.

  26. mrs veronica taylor says:

    Very encourageing word, we all need to be lift up

  27. LaWanda Evans says:

    Thank you for this devotional today!! It was a right on time word!! A month ago I decided to step out on faith and leave my job that was causing me stress and depression. It’s been challenging and I keep questioning my decision. God continues to show me his power and that he’s with me but today was one of those hiding days.

  28. Susan G. says:

    Thanks for this!
    I would like to possess more courage, more courage to pray big prayers, more courage to witness every time I meet someone new, more courage to be exactly who God calls me to be.
    If I win this book, I will give it to my daughter.
    Blessings!

  29. Thank you! Funny, but to the point! We are God’s mighty warriors!

    Have a great week!

  30. Thank you,
    I’m feeling so ugly, worn down, tired, overwhelmed etc. I’m working two jobs and taking care of a toddler . My husband has been very mean with his words lately. It’s like someone flipped a switch and changed him. He’s not saved, so all I can do is pray for him. He’s not lifting a finger and just watches tv from when he comes home till when he goes to bed. He told me he was too busy to put air in my car tires tonight cause he didn’t drive the car it wasn’t his responsibility. So tomorrow morning if I didn’t do it myself , I would have a flat tire. I’m so burned out. I took a walk with the kids tonight and read books to them before bed. My husband didn’t want to participate . Told me I was fat and lazy cause I don’t make enough money . I’m just glad that God is with me and he has gone here before me .

    • Praying for you, Sue. Sounds lonely. God knows, He cares, He wants your husband too.

    • GOD bless you Sue and your little ones and your husband. I pray that GOD would look your way and would look on you/your life with so much love and affection and staggering support. I pray that HE would overwhelm you and show you glimpses of HIS love and devotion to you daily and all throughout your days.. I pray that the whispers that you’d hear daily and even loudly are of your Heavenly Father speaking His peace, and your worth to Him, and how you’re fearfully and wonderfully made and that you are loved beyond measure…cause His love knows no end towards you. Blessings and an over abundance of peace and provision and strength be multiplied to you and your family daily Sue. I pray also that your husband would come to welcome and know the love of GOD that can change the ugliest and roughest of hearts there are. God sees and loves you deeply Sue.
      You are utterly loved by The Father above❤➕❤
      BLESSINGS 😍

  31. Megan Shipley says:

    This is just awesome! We are warriors!

  32. Melanie Bruck says:

    So I am reading this devotion, locked in my bedroom, hiding in the dark, trying to calm the storm that is getting ready for AWANA with two kids, no supper yet, and not enough time. I am moved to the point of tears how God is still reaching out to this mighty, although hard hearted, warrior.

  33. Melissa Mendez says:

    Awesome devotional. May the Lord bless you and continue to use you!

  34. Strength, just to get through each day. Going through a separation, but my husband loves to play with my emotions, being nice one minute and mean the next telling me he’s tired and wants out. I want to enclose myself on a box where I am unreachable to him so that once he decides he wants out, he doesn’t have a chance to play with my emotions, I am trying to be strong, but he knows I love him and this makes it hard for me not to give in, only to be let down again. I’m exhausted, physically & emotionally and am trying to hold on to my job before I don’t have it any more. My kids are suffering too, 12 & 17, it’s hard to see them go through this, there are just so many issues…we had a bed bug invasion that he keeps saying he’ll take care of, my home is in total disarray. The boys don’t sleep in their rooms, etc. The shower doesn’t work properly, the sink where the washer drains into is held together by duct tape that I put on it since the pipe rotted through. He knows all this but does nothing. All the while I come to work and try to keep a smile on my face for as long as I can…

  35. Shirley Berry says:

    I want Courage to face and do boldly what God asks of me.

  36. Kristie Smith says:

    I really enjoyed your devotional today. You’re a creative writer! It felt like you were speaking directly to me. God bless you.

  37. Thank you for this message! I almost deleted this from my overloaded email inbox. I’m not timely as I am reading this almost a week later. God reminded me – through you – that he equips me and is with me throughout it all. Even this morning as I sat IN THE BATHROOM hiding out from my family and my frustrations, my temper and my feelings of inadequacy. How sweet our loving Father is to send us a message of hope when we feel this way. Thank you

  38. I have struggled with the fear of being without God, not good enough to seek his presence. Perhaps today He spoke to me through you. Thank you so much for sharing.

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