Fearful and Fainthearted



“What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.”

– Deuteronomy 20:8

In their instructions to the ranks, the officers gave exceptions for the soldiers to defer and head back home. They did not want anyone distracted. The mind of each soldier was to be fully engaged in the battle. The soldiers were to look up and trust God and examine their hearts to ensure there was no unfinished business hindering them from putting forth their full effort. If they were too afraid to go into battle, they were told to leave. Fear is exceptionally contagious, and no officer wanted the fear of one to spread to the others. This principle carries over into our Christian walks today.

The Bible says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Personally, I have been that man of little strength in the past. I was the man who put his hands to the plow but then looked back. It was not only out of fear, but a desire for the world had once again entered into my heart. I was no longer fit to serve in the Lord’s ranks. I was a double-minded soldier not engaged in the battle, and the Lord took me out. But, He did not leave me there. He chased after me and restored my soul!

Jesus came for the lost, that is who He often spent His time with, and that was His purpose. He said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17). If you are thinking to yourself today that you are the lowest of the low and most unworthy sinner, then you are in a great place. You are the one that Jesus is paying the most attention to. If there is unfinished business hindering you from following Jesus completely, confess it to Him. Let fear flee, faith arise, and be restored!

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

– 2 Timothy 2:4

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