DO NOT DESPAIR!
"But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest..."
Many seem to faint when the going gets tough. Many will give up, run for cover, duck into a shelter, or stay at home whenever the battle is difficult.
In the thousands that started with Gideon, only 300 remained when the battle was fought. The rest of them missed the climax of the miraculous victory. On the Mount of Transfiguration, the three who made the 9000 foot climb fell asleep after the wearying walk. They missed most of the great event.
Before Jesus raised Jairus' daughter from the dead, He had to first send out of the house all those who were telling Him that it was too late.
Those who give up, quit, or are easily discouraged, miss some of God's greatest miracles. This discouragement, and willingness to surrender in the face of opposition or weariness, makes us unfit for service.
"What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest his brother's heart faint as well as his heart."
In God's army, He sends the fainting, the giving-up saint away. The reason is that it makes others also faint. Fearfulness is a contagious disease. It is like a virus that can affect all about it. Fearfulness, and faintheartedness must be kept out of the army of God.
Faintheartedness will keep us from making the right decisions in the battle against the devil. Esau was faint when he came to Jacob, and therefore he unwisely sold his birthright. The ones who give up easily will make foolish decisions.
"Esau came from the field and he was faint; and Esau said..."What profit shall this birthright do to me? ...and he sold his birthright to Jacob..."
Faintheartedness will open the way for the devil to attack. Many Christians wonder why the devil seems to be able to attack them so easily and so often. Many times the reason is the faintheartedness, the willingness to give up, and the easy ability of them to surrender.
"...when thou wast faint and weary... he met thee by the way and smote the hindmost of thee..."
The enemy loves to attack when we will easily "give up". It is foolish for us to assume that the devil will ease up, if we surrender.
No! Rather, he goes in for the kill.
For instance, will the fisherman while catching fish for his dinner, when the ten pound bass finally gives up fighting, would he give him more line... or reel him into the ship?
The saint who thinks the devil is a nice guy, if we only quit putting up a fight against him, is a fool...