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Desde el Corazón del Padre - La Semana del 27 de Julio

  • 2009 Jul 27
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  “Y vino Gedeón al Jordán, {y} pasó él y sus 300 hombres que traía consigo, 
Cansados, mas todavía persiguiendo.”
Jueces 8:4 RV, énfasis añadido

La historia acerca de Gedeón y su exigua banda de hombres que derrotan una compañía masiva del enemigo siempre me inspira. Primero, recuerdo que ninguna batalla jamás es ganada con mi propia fuerza. Segundo, me siento animada por el hecho que nada es imposible con Dios.

Esta semana pasada, sin embargo, cuando volví a leer este pasaje familiar de la Escritura, cuatro pequeñas palabras saltaron de la página y entraron a mi corazón: "Cansados, más todavía persiguiendo". Ah. Aunque esta historia acentúa la fuerza de Dios y Su poder y  soberanía, también indica lo que es requerido de nosotros cuando nos  juntamos con Él en la batalla. Ciertamente nosotros nos cansaremos, pero las batallas continúan a través de nuestra vida en este mundo. ¡Pero aún cuándo cansados, nosotros tenemos que seguir luchando!

¿Qué significa eso? En la historia encontrada en Jueces 8, vemos a Gideón victorioso y a sus 300 hombres que siguen a los reyes paganos que habían escapado. Aunque nosotros como creyentes no somos llamados a seguir reyes paganos, nosotros somos llamados definitivamente seguir el Rey de reyes—aún cuando estemos cansados—porque es en Su presencia que nuestra fuerza es renovada. Si cedemos ante nuestra fatiga y nos caemos al borde del camino, nos perderemos de ver la victoria que Dios ya ha ganado. ¡Y ah, cómo al enemigo le encantaría que eso sucediera!

Amado, es el mismo Dios que lucha por nosotros, pero Él nos ha llamado a perseguir Su corazón, Su presencia, Su misericordia—aún (y más especialmente) cuando estamos fatigados. Cuando el mundo cambia alrededor de nosotros y la vida como la hemos conocido se funde en las realidades de profecía cumplida, es más importante que nunca seguir a Dios con cada paso, adhiriéndose a Él y a Su Palabra con cada aliento, negándose a apartarse de seguirlo a Él duramente (vea Salmo 63:8).

¡Que nuestro lema hoy y siempre sea que estamos "cansados, más todavía persiguiendo," para que Dios vea que nuestro perseguir es recompensado por Su presencia!  

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Then Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan 
{and} crossed over, weary yet pursuing.
Judges 8:4, NASB, emphasis added

The story about Gideon and his meager band of men defeating a massive enemy gathering is always inspiring to me. First, I’m reminded that no battle is ever won in my own strength. Second, I’m encouraged by the fact that nothing is impossible with God.

This last week, however, as I reread this familiar passage of scripture, three little words jumped right off the page and into my heart: “weary yet pursuing.” Wow. Though this story emphasizes God’s strength and power and sovereignty, it also points out what is required of us as we partner with Him in battle. Certainly we will grow weary, for the battles continue throughout our lifetime here on earth. But even when weary, we are to continue pursuing!

What does that mean? In the story found in Judges 8, we see the victorious Gideon and his 300 men pursuing the pagan kings who had escaped. Though we as believers aren’t called to pursue pagan kings, we are definitely called to pursue the King of kings—even when we are weary—for it is in His presence that our strength is renewed. If we give in to our weariness and fall by the wayside, we will miss seeing the victory that God has already won. And oh, how the enemy would love for that to happen!

Beloved, it is God Himself who fights for us, but He has called us to keep pursuing His heart, His presence, His mercy—even (and most especially) when we are weary. As the world changes about us and life as we have known it melts into the realities of fulfilled prophecy, it is more important than ever to pursue God with each step, clinging to Him and His Word with every breath, refusing to turn aside from following hard after Him (see Psalm 63:8, KJV).

May our motto today and always be that we are “weary yet pursuing,” for God will see that our pursuing is rewarded by His presence!

Kathi Macias, popular speaker and prolific author, is an Angel-award winning writer who has published nearly thirty books, including her latest releases, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today (New Hope Publishers) and My Son John (a novel from Sheaf House). Whether keyboarding her latest book, keynoting a conference, or riding on the back of her husband’s Harley, Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias is a lady on a mission to communicate God’s vision. Her insightful words—filled with passion, humor and soul nourishment—refresh audiences from all walks of life. To learn more about Kathi or to book her for your next event, visit www.KathiMacias.com. Spanish translations by Cynthia Alcantara (cynthia.alcantara1@gmail.com).

 

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