• Pastor Louie

BATTLE FATIGUE

(Judg 15:19) So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived . . .


It used to be called battle fatigue. Now it’s called Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It’s what some soldiers suffer when they go through the trauma of war. They become exhausted, anxious, depressed, or suffer memory loss. A variety of physical problems can manifest. Johnny comes marching home, but he’s worn out. He’s been through more than you’ll ever know. He needs rest. He needs a break. He needs to recharge his batteries. When he’s ready he’ll need light duty until he can get his full strength up to get back in the battle.


One day Samson killed a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. After he was done he threw that jawbone aside and suffered major battle fatigue. He cried out to the Lord and God split the hollow place. Water came out to refresh him. Soon his spirit returned, and he revived. He went on judging Israel twenty years.


Does that kind of describe you? Have you been battling it out lately? Have you been in a constant fight without even a few minutes to rest yourself in the corner of the ring? Are you spent? Wrung out? Wanna shout? Tempted to pout? Want out? Then cry out to the Lord like Samson. God knows you’ve been stretched and stressed. He will send the waters to refresh you. Your spirit will return, and you will be revived!

  • (Isa 35:6-7) . . . For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. 7 The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water . . .

The Lord knows how to give His warrior’s rest. (Mark 6:31-32) And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.


It’s time to refresh yourself by spending time with the Lord.

  • (Acts 3:19) . . . times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord . . .

  • (Isa 44:3) For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground . . .

Then with a little rest you will be encouraged and will be able to get back in the battle. And remember to let the Lord fight the battles for you because the battle belongs to the Lord! (2 Chr 20:15, 17) . . . the battle is not yours, but God's . . . You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you . . . Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you."


Louie

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