20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man[k] of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels[l] of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 21 And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 23 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.
You may have heard me reference this book before… “In a pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson, however this morning references again to the amazing. Last evening I was fortunate to spend 15 minutes on the phone with another Barnabas Man participant. My friend referenced his fairly recent across the country into a state they (him and his wife) had never been to, did not have previous employment established, and has no family in… yet they packed up their family and made the trek to this new territory and set up life and are loving it. He referenced how through prayer and talk, and more prayer, His wife and him just decided to listen to the leading by God and follow their hearts and GO!
Here is 2 Samuel 23:20 we see possibly the shortest introduction of one of the toughest men in the history of the world. Benaiah was a man that KILLED A LION in a pit on a snowy day! A few things on that however, Mark Batterson writes in his book better than i could ever paraphrase so if you haven’t yet, pick this book up and read it, you won’t be sorry, it is GREAT.
Benaiah did not really have to fight the lion did he? He could have ran? The scriptures do not elaborate on the details of this challenge however the results lead to Benaiah becoming the CHIEF OF DAVID’S Bodyguards! We then hear about the Egyptian, which by the way, not sure what Benaiah had against “handsome” men, but come on… this guy is hardly ever mentioned in the Bible but the Lord makes it a point to land his name in here and brag on him. Why?
He was a LION CHASER. He was a man that WENT AFTER IT. He was a guy that saw a challenge and conquered it. Everyday you and I walk in and out of life with little to no LIFE THREATENING challenges… now hear this.. if you do face a life threatening scenario this morning i am not including you in these trivial thoughts… the point is rarely do American men feel an overwhelming tragic event of catastrophe, like a lion about to devour you, come on throughout the week. This guy had no choice. I have a choice. I am choosing to EXPECT THE AMAZING from God. I am choosing to be ready for the ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE to happen in my daily walk.
My friend Kevin did it, I did it when we moved to Texas, Benaiah did it, David, Moses, Abraham, Job, Saul, Peter, John, Jesus… how many people do we need to watch from the sidelines until we tie up our shoes and get out on the field to play?
CHASE THE LION