Judges 6:23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.”

Gideon has figured out that he has seen an angel.  He's a little freakout, to say the least.  So God speaks to him.  "Hey, Gideon!  Chill dude!  There's nothing to be afraid of!" (My paraphrase) 

So let's review.
The Midianites have invaded their world and taken everything by force.
An angel, maybe God Himself, has visited Gideon.
Gideon is told that he is the new leader (Judge) of Israel
Gideon is informed he will trounce the Midianites.

Nope, no reason to be afraid.  Right?  Put yourself in Gideon's sandals for a moment and ask yourself, "What would you do?"  Yea, that's what I thought.

POV (Point of view) is everything.

Today while driving to church I had to make a right-hand turn at a stop light.  A bicyclist was getting ready to cross the street. I see that he has the right of way and that the crosswalk sign agrees with me.  But the buy behind me cannot see the bicyclist nor does he pay attention to the crosswalk sign.  Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk!

I don't move but look in my rear view mirror.  He's losing it.  So I wait for it.  Wait for it.  Wait for it. And sure enough, as soon as he can see the bicyclist his demeanor changes.  POV is everything.

From God's POV, there is nothing to fear.  He doesn't fear the Midianites.  He doesn't fear Baal.  He doesn't fear hell itself.  There is nothing to be afraid of when you see your life through God's eyes.  Fear will soon turn into faith, as we will see with Gideon.  It's a process, but one worth the journey.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, change my POV.  AMEN