And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply. And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that. And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. (Judges 8:1-4)
Today's Morsel: I have read many stories of runaway slaves whose masters chased them for many days trying to locate them and bring them back into slavery. Many of the men and women, boy and girls ran and ran until they had to no more energy to run in pursuit of their goal, freedom. They knew that in most cases if they could get north of the Mason Dixon Line, they would have a good chance of being free. Faint, yet pursing. Gideon and his men were tired, weary, and faint, yet they kept pursing their enemy the Midianites. Sometimes when you are pursuing your goals and dreams you may become faint, but you must not quit in pursuit of the finishing line. Paul said that we should not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9). Remember, heaven is not your goal, it's your destiny. The more sweat in peace, the less blood in combat!
Sing: Lord, you know I need a brand new touch, my strength from yesterday is gone; but if you'll give me, Lord, another touch, I'll have the strength to carry on.