“Adonai is with you, O mighty warrior” - Judges 6:12
God's view of you is different than your view of yourself. You may have woken up this morning and looked in the mirror and started obsessing over your flaws, professing your shortcomings, talked yourself out of your God given destiny. You may be putting labels on yourself or agreeing with the other labels people have put on you. Labels like: failure, quitter, debtor, looser, ugly, immature, irresponsible, coward.
God Does Not View You That Way. God views you differently than you view yourself. I promise you that God sees more in you than you see in yourself. In verse 12, the angel of the Lord appears to Gideon who is hiding. Everything about his physical actions says, "I'm afraid." But the Lord says, "I am with you," and calls him a what? Calls him a mighty warrior. God sees a mighty warrior but Gideon is acting liking a mighty wimp.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s masterpiece.” That means you are not ordinary. You didn’t come off an assembly line. You weren’t mass-produced. You are one of a kind. Nobody in this world has your fingerprints. There will never be another you.
You need to start seeing yourself as God sees you. You need to quit going around and talking about how you are not tall enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, don't have the right hair, the right eye color. You are God's masterpiece, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
When you look on the inside of a shirt it says, hopefully, Made in America. When you look on the inside of you it says, "Masterpiece by Almighty God." You need to quit saying to yourself, I will never be as great as my parents, I will never live up to the way my grandparents lived. I will never be as brave, never be as successful. God sees a mighty warrior. God sees in you what you don't see yourself. God sees one who can overcome, who can endure, who can be a steady rock, who can be a romantic lover, who can be a great writer, a great teacher, a leader, an influencer, a head and not a tail.
May the God of Israel re-assure your heart today that you are His masterpiece. May he open wide the gates of your heart and show you that you have more value than all of the collected pieces of art in this world. May you have the assurance of the Spirit of God inside of you saying, “God is with you mighty woman, mighty man of valor.”
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What do you do when you are feeling a little blue? How do you lift yourself up out of a pit? Read Rabbi Vowell’s blog today to get a couple of ideas.