Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, hiding from the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!” Judges 6:11-12

I read this passage the other day, and found it both comical and inspiring.

This guy was hiding out. He was doing his work in a location where his enemies could not find him. He was afraid. He was cautious. If we were in his shoes (sandals), we would be too. The odds were against him. The future looked lonely and hopeless.

Gideon was not a hero.

But God saw a different reality.

God had not checked out. God was with Gideon.

God did not see a frightened man in hiding. God saw Gideon as a mighty warrior.

Where are you at in your life?

How do you view yourself?

Perhaps God sees a different reality.

Maybe God sees a different you.