Gideon, an Israelite, was a mighty man of valour (Judges 6:12). At a point in his life, he went to war against the Midianites with only 300 warriors, at the prompting of the Lord. Before long, he and his men crossed the Jordan River, “though exhausted, they continued to chase the enemy” (Judges 8: 4 (NLT)).
In the end, God gave them victory over their enemies as He promised earlier (Judges 7:7). That is, they defeated the Midianites, routed their warriors, and captured their kings (Judges 8:10-12). Gideon later became very popular among his people, and his family was favoured in Israel. He later died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of his father (Judges 8:32); a notable achievement at that time.
Like the Israelites, all of us have one enemy or other that we struggle with. They include human beings like ourselves, and situations of life such as an illness, lack, unemployment, childlessness, etc. They are very stubborn, powerful, brutal, and restrictive in nature, and they make living very difficult, exhausting, and unexciting. It is, therefore, our responsibility to chase them, catch up with them, and destroy them with all our might.
Friend, who is your enemy at this point in time? Is he or she a human being like yourself? If your answer is yes, then don’t get exhausted; on the other hand, chase him or her vigorously, and he or she will fall before you shortly (Leviticus 26:7), in Jesus name. Amen.
And if your enemy is an illness, again don’t get exhausted, chase it ceaselessly till you overcome it. And you will at some point because healing is your birth right (Matthew 15:22-29). Is your enemy an addiction? If it is, please don’t get exhausted; chase it, and God will give you a way of escape from it someday (1 Corinthians 10:13), in Jesus name. Amen.
Perhaps lack is your own enemy; then, don’t get exhausted; chase it strongly, and you will overcome it because God is interested in your prosperity above all things (3 John 2 (KJV). Is your enemy childlessness? If it is, then don’t get exhausted; chase it diligently till you have your own children. And I know you will have them one day; because children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Hallelujah!
Friend, please be reminded that you cannot possibly chase and overcome your enemies successfully on your own (John 15:5). You sure need God to help you out (Isaiah 41:10), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
So, why don’t you accept Him (Jesus Christ) into your life, and make Him your personal Lord and Saviour today, if you haven’t up till now? It is after settling this simple but vital task that you can confidently heed His voice asking you to come to Him with all your worries (plus your enemies (Matthew 11:28). And the good news is He will not cast you out (John 6:37); instead, He will give you total freedom from them (John 8:36). Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu