When you look at your reflection in the mirror, you don’t see the same thing that God sees. You see your exterior, but God sees your heart (I Samuel 16:7). That’s how God saw Gideon when He found him cowering from the Midianites and chose him to be Israel’s deliverer.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12 NASB). Why would the angel call Gideon a mighty warrior? He was a frightened farmer, threshing wheat in a winepress–an unusual place–hoping the Midianites would not find him. But God did not see Gideon as weak and fearful, The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian” (v. 14). Suddenly Gideon recognized that he had strength he didn’t know he had, and he was able to subdue the Midianites.
You, too, have strength from God that you don’t know you have! The same strength that God put inside Gideon He has put inside you. You are strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16 NKJV). God operates in the supernatural realm, and He doesn’t see you the way natural eyes do. He sees your potential! Just as He told Gideon, “Go in this your strength,” that’s what He wants you to do also.
God doesn’t see you as weak, ineffective, or fearful. He sees you as you can be because He’s given you the strength to become just that. He sees you the way He created you, and He wants you to see yourself that way, too, through the eyes of faith. When you see yourself the way God sees you, you can conquer life’s battles!