“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said ‘The Lord is with you mighty warrior.” -Judges 6:12
Judges 6 tells us the story of Gideon, who we find in a place of defeat and hopelessness. The Mideonites had sent the Israelites into a state of poverty and instead of experiencing their promised land of milk and honey, they were living in caves and had their crops and livestock plundered.
Confused and fearful, Gideon is threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Mideonites when the angel of the Lord appears to him and says, “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.” The angel didn’t look at Gideon’s outward appearance but instead saw the gold inside of him and called it forth. This results in the once fearful Gideon rising up to be the mighty warrior God called him to be, finally delivering the Israelites from the Mideonites.
God has deposited gold inside each of us and has created us uniquely with different personalities, characteristics and strengths. It is God’s heart for the gold in us to shine out so He is glorified and His Kingdom advances on the earth. There never has been nor ever will be another person identical to you. When we call out the gold in each other, we are actually seeing people as God has created them to be and encouraging them to be that person. God needs us to be who He made us to be.
This is part of the prophetic known as “forth-telling,” or saying what you see and calling it out. Life can have its challenges and sometimes we find ourselves face to face with a person who is in a situation just like Gideon, defeated and overwhelmed by his or her circumstances. At these times we can respond just like the angel did, not focusing on the outward appearances, but instead calling out the true gold buried underneath the surface of a person.
So today, take a minute and ask, “God give me eyes to see the gold in others and call it out.” You may be surprised at what will rise to the surface!
Written by our prophetic ministry coordinator