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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 21, 2021

Daily Reading: Judges 8-9


Judges 8:4

And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.


Faint yet pursuing. Gideon was a man of action, a man of war, an imperfect man, but a man used of the Lord God. He had 300 men that comprised his army, these were men of courage. Do you remember, in chapter seven, 32,000 men came to him as possible recruits for his army? The first test was one of courage. 22,000 were afraid, they turned back to their homes. The next test was one of carefulness and tactics. The 10,000 remaining men were brought to a body of water to drink. 9,700 laid down and put their face in the water, lapping it up like a dog, they were dismissed. 300 men knelt down, put their hand to the water and brought the water up to their mouths. This accomplished two purposes, one it allowed them water, two it allowed them to still watch for the enemy by keeping their heads and eyes up. The 300 men that were left were courageous, careful, and used good tactics.


Yet now we see them following Gideon, battling the Midianites, coming to the Jordan river. It was here that the Lord included in His Holy Word three words that frankly characterize many Christians today. Faint yet pursuing.


Faint, as used here must mean tired, exhausted, weary. These men were faint, yet they pursued.


As a layman for over twenty years, a Sunday School teacher, a deacon, now, as a pastor for over twenty years, I can say that there is no better phrase that sums up most faithful Christians than these three words. Faint yet pursuing. Tired in the battle, but not tired of the battle. Tired but still pursuing the Lord, His Word, His way of life, His blessings, His rewards, His leading. After all, most Christians work in the work-a-day world, raise their children, have a ministry or two they are involved with through their local church, plus all the church services. Still though, they must carve out time for daily devotions, prayer, reading of the Bible, memorizing a verse or two, and meditation on the things of the Lord. On top of that there are people in need of help. Those the Lord puts in their path that need our time or assistance with some matter, or maybe advice on some issue. After all verses like Galatians 6:10 are still in the book: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


So we grow tired, yet we still pursue. It seems to be the way of life for a child of God. Be not afraid to admit it when you realize you are faint of heart, body, or spirit. Everyone is there from time to time. But do be afraid when being faint causes the stop of pursuit. Someone once said, "The world is run by tired people." I say, the cause of Christ goes forward in the lives of those who are faint yet pursuing. Continue on, and on, and on, and on and on, and when faint, continue on some more.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today, especially today!

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