In the battle field, soldiers can faint. They can become weary. They can fall. That does not determine victory of the enemies, though. Unless a surrender is declared, or the entire army destroyed, victory is securable.
In the Christian war field, victory is already promised. We battle from the position of victory. “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Cor 2:14
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
The same was true for Gideon and his army of 300 men. The Lord had already given them the camp of Midian before the battle began. “Arise, for the LORD has given the camp of Midian into your hands.” Judges 7:15 They won the battle with the Lord’s help, but two kings with some army had fled. Gideon was not going to give up until he took the complete victory. He was not satisfied by partial victory.
He and his men went without food while pursuing the kings. He was wrongly accused by his own brothers of not calling them for the battle, He was ridiculed and taunted by some others, he and his men were denied food by at least two cities. Judges 8:4 says “Then Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing.“
This can happen in Christian life too. We battle, we fast, we pray, we become weary. When we are weak, then we are wrongly accused; we face taunting; we face ridicule. The places we thought we would get help from, we are denied help. We face loneliness, We become weary.
Fellow Christian, that is also when we need to pursue. Jesus was hungry after fasting 40 days and nights. That was when he was tested. We need not think we would escape weariness when we are on the battle field for long.
When you are weary…
*Be steadfast, immovable,not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard.(Colossians1:23)
*Look to the Lord for strength, not to man.
*Know that we are already victorious and thank the Lord for the victory.