Because of Israel’s wickedness, the Lord gave them over to the Midianites who severely oppressed the Jews for seven years. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon the idea of being a mighty warrior was the farthest thing from his mind. He and his people had been living in constant fear and poverty for years as the Midian army destroyed their crops and stole livestock. How could this angel call him brave and fearless when he was living like a scared animal? The angel was speaking God’s vision into Gideon…that the blessing of the Lord was upon him. And when the angel called Gideon a mighty warrior, he was declaring to Gideon what he was yet to become. So many times, God’s vision for us is so astonishing, we are stunned and flabbergasted by Him even suggesting we could do it. But remember, like Gideon, God’s blessing is with us, and He is speaking into us what has yet to take place.