Reading: “Faint, yet pursuing”—Judges 8:4

Surely what is said here concerning the little army of Gideon, suits my case exactly. I know that in Jesus the victory is certain; but I also know that I will have to battle all the way. From the moment the Lord called me out of darkness into light my whole life has been in a state of warfare, and I feel what Paul felt, and groan as he groaned, under a body of sin and death: “as dying, but behold I live; as chastened, and not killed … as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:9­–10).

Truly I am faint, under the many heavy assaults I have sustained; and yet, through grace, pursuing as if I had met with no difficulty. Yes, I know that there can be no truce in this war; and looking unto Jesus, I pray to be found faithful unto death, that no man may take my crown. But, Lord, you see my day of small things and how faint I am. You see also, how the enemy assaults me, and how the world and the flesh come against me. Without there is fighting and within fears, yet, “in the Lord I have … strength” (Isaiah 45:24) and how sweet is the thought, that though I have nothing, though I am nothing, I have the Lord and a supply of His strength.

He has said, “The righteous also shall hold on his way; and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger” (Job 17:9). The worm Jacob the Lord has promised shall “thresh the mountains” (Isaiah 41:15). Write these blessed things on the living tablets of your heart, Christian. Beg God the Holy Ghost, the remembrancer of Jesus, to stamp them on your heart, because “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.