Josh Holland

Charlotte, North Carolina

Pastor of Upside Down Church. Formerly with the Billy Graham Association preparing for outreaches with Franklin and Will Graham.




Exhausted Yet Pursuing

Recently, in my Bible reading, I’ve been fascinated again by the story of Gideon in the book of Judges. God calls a cowardly man named Gideon to lead Israel in a revolt against the nation of Midian, which has oppressed them for decades. Although Gideon argues that he is unequipped and unqualified for such a task, God calls him a “mighty man of valor” and insists that he is indeed the man for the job. The Lord graciously gives Gideon sign after supernatural sign that He has called and empowered him for the mission. 

Gideon then recruits an army and God proceeds to dwindle it down from 30,000 men to 300 — 1 percent of the initial enlistment! After God miraculously granted a great victory through the group of 300, Gideon and his men started chasing down the kings of Midian who had escaped. The Bible says that, “Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing.”

As these men tromped through the desert they were exhausted, yet they continued to pursue. They were weak, but they continued to run hard. They were parched with thirst, but they pressed on. They were fatigued, but they were focused. They didn’t use their exhaustion as an excuse to quit. And their pursuit eventually paid off as they tracked down the evil kings of Midian and put them to death.

When God calls you to a specific mission, He always equips you for the mission but He doesn’t promise an easy road. There will be many moments and days where the exhaustion and fatigue of chasing the dream, the goal, the vision, will be overwhelming and where you’ll be tempted to throw in the towel. God certainly calls us to come away to a quiet place and rest (Mark 6:31) and He assures us that as we wait upon Him, He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31). However the truth is there are times in life when we’re flat out exhausted physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.

The Apostle Paul says, “don’t grow weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Life is tough and our faith walk is difficult at times. But we can’t give up! Where God guides, He always provides — but He provides for us as we continue to pursue Him. 

If you feel worn out today, remember, your blessing is on its way! Don’t give up too soon. Even in your exhaustion, continue to pursue the One who pursued you so much that He sent His only Son to rescue you from your sin. St. Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depends on God. Work as though everything depends on you.” Let’s pursue God and His plans for our life with everything we have today!