FRIDAY October 18, 2019
Strength to the Weary
So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind. But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.
1 Samuel 30:9-10
David’s men of war were willingly to go with him into battle against the Amalekites to rescue their loved ones who were held captive. I love David’s courage. David had encouraged himself in the Lord and trusted his men not to revolt against him. The Lord told David he would be successful and everyone would return safely.
Yet in hot pursuit, some of David’s men had grown very weary. Just plain tired out, two hundred stayed at the Brook Besor,while the other four hundred who had strength, continued to pursue the enemy. The Brook Besor was a brook flowing into the Mediterranean, five miles south of Gaza. The name Besor in theHebrew languages means, “glad news or cheerful.” How glad they would be when their families returned to them!
In the spiritual battles of ministry, there are those who will need to rest––they get tired in the work of the Lord. But there are those who have received strength from the Lord to enable them to continue with you into the battle. Resting is necessary. Once rested, people can get back into the battle because they have been refreshed.
The Apostle Paul encourages those who are weary in ministry: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:8-9). He also encourages us not to give up:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Are you weary in the work of the Lord? Take courage, after resting get back in the fight! God will give you His strength for the battle!
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
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