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Exhausted, But Still in Pursuit

When Gideon came to the Jordan, he and the three hundred men who were with him crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit.  Judges 8:4 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I’m exhausted. Or, as we say in the South, worn slap out.

When life hurtles along just outside the parameters of our capacity, we can feel that way. When we try our best to prioritize life events, create an orderly schedule, and strategically organize our days—life can still be too much.

Trying to fit Christian service or ministry opportunities around full-time employment, household responsibilities, weekend chores, and expected family and social interactions can be overwhelming. Things start to slip or we become uncharacteristically cranky, and then guilt sets in as we internalize how we mismanaged our time or do not have time to serve God. Yet, we persist, wearily trying to juggle everything, hoping to find relief soon.

Gideon knows exactly how we feel. After God reduced his army from 32,000 to 300, Gideon faced the formidable task of battling an enemy numbering 125,000. Obviously, fighting with the initial army would have made things much easier—and certainly less stressful for each warrior. Yet the entire burden fell to the remaining 300.

God orchestrated the battle to deliver His promised victory. However, after an overnight raid with pitchers and torches, along with chasing the enemy from the primary battlefield just south of Nazareth all the way to the Jordan River, Gideon and his men were exhausted. And when they stopped for food, they were refused—twice. But they continued and eventually eliminated the enemy. Exhausted, but still in pursuit. Worn out, but not giving up.

When life becomes too hectic, here’s some reminders:

  • The overall battle is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47).
  • Don’t give up. You will reap in due time (Galatians 6:9).
  • Be still and watch how God sovereignly orchestrates His victory (2 Chronicles 20:17).
  • Don’t run ahead or lag behind—simply follow and wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).
  • Take the necessary time to rest (Mark 6:31).
  • Rejoice always and pray unceasingly (Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  • Remember, your service is for God, not for men (Romans 12:1).

This life can be tiring, nerve wracking, and frustrating. Though exhausted, stick to the fight and continue the pursuit. God’s high calling and ultimate approval await: “Well done, faithful servant. Enter into My rest.”

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Nate Stevens

As a “missionary kid” who grew up in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens has enjoyed a 30-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author of Divine Appointments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments. He writes online devotionals for Christian Devotions, www.SingleMatters.com, www.ChooseNOW.org as well as articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife Karen, and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.