And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.
Judges 8:4 (KJV)
Faint yet pursuing, what a tremendous picture of the Christian life. In the journey and fight of faith, giving up is not an option no matter how rough and tough the journey becomes, faint yet pursuing. We cannot read this without feeling rebuked for half-heartedness in our Christian walk and work. Faintness in this verse was not a result of laziness but a long walk after a long time, believers are prone to faint in times of afflictions, temptations or even in our attempt to do good or even in prayers.
By being exhausted meant that Gideon and his men had gotten to the point in their fight that they had absolutely nothing left physically to continue. If you backtrack and read chapter 6 of the book of Judges you’ll understand that all their flocks were wrecked by the Midianites and their lands taken over. So this was a trip to recover all that was stolen. Their pursuit was based on something bigger than their individual comfort. To the child of God there will always be a dream that drives us to exhaustion but at such a time retreating or surrendering is not an option, brace yourself for the chase, God will surely give you the victory.
The Bible encourages us to “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9) When you are busy in “well doing,” you will be tempted to quit. When that happens, remember the example of Gideon when he was “faint, yet pursuing.” You may very well be weary in well doing this morning. Take heart and be encouraged that “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” .
My declaration and confession: Lord grant me the strength to keep pursuing until I recover all that is mine by destiny in Jesus name.
Ignite Thought: Before you give up, remember why you started. You will win if you refuse to quit!