Faint, yet pursuing?

Have you ever been just flat-out tired. You worked and worked and you got exhausted. Your energy was draining and it seemed as if you did not have the strength to carry on. It is possible to get tired when we are doing the work of God. We must remember our source of strength, and our reward for labor.

In Judges 8:4, we find Gideon at a crucial point in his life. God had given him the victory over three armies, and they were running away. Gideon only had to catch up with them to accomplish the full victory. The verse says, "And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them." Notice the last words, "Faint, yet pursuing them." Gideon was pressing on despite his weariness.

In the next verses we find that he asks two cities for food because he and his men were so tired. The cities refuse to give them food. So Gideon continues without any nourishment and wins the battle anyway. In the end, Gideon didn’t need the food, he needed the miraculous provision of God.

Our Christian life is often just like that. We get exhausted right before we achieve victory. I would like to challenge you. Don’t try to find your rest in earthly things. When you get weary, look to God to sustain you. He can provide energy and motivation that you could find nowhere else. Just like Gideon found found supernatural strength in God as he followed God’s commands, you can find strength for your daily tasks as you follow the will of God.

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." – Galatians 6:9

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