Chasing down lions.

 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. – 1 Chronicles 11:22

Benaiah was one of David’s mighty men; he was not one of the Three. We read in this passage (1 Chr 10-12) of the mighty men of David’s band of misfits and the many exploits they did. Benaiah stood out from among the others because of his heroic deeds and was honored by the others of the group for these actions. He was even known for chasing a lion into a pit and killing it – on a snowy day!

This man’s efforts to run down a lion and kill it are incredible! Yet he did all that on a snowy day no doubt and in a pit on top of it??? This story, short in its entirety, has inspired me to be a lion chaser/killer. Now, I am not advocating being a demon chaser because Jesus told the apostles not to gloat over the fact that demons were subject to them. He’d given them all power over the enemy, so it went without saying.

However, there are lions, or events, in our lives that threaten us and make life more difficult than necessary. We need to learn to have the faith and tenacity of a Benaiah in our lives. When we take a stand to face the enemy (who is a “like” a roaring lion roaming the earth seeking whom he may devour) and don’t cower in fear, then we, too, will overcome the obstacles life throws at us.

We can choose to stand ready for spiritual battle dressed in the full armor of God and fight the good fight of faith, OR we can turn and retreat in fear. Remember that the Bible tells us that the devil is LIKE a roaring lion looking to devour  the weak. It doesn’t say he is a lion but merely like one. Why? Because he’s been defanged and declawed by Jesus through the work of the cross and his resurrection! The devil can mererly make a loud noise to stir up fear within you and frighten you. Once we learn that satan has no power over us, he’s rendered helpless. We, however, have to continue putting our trust in God and not become so proud that we fall and end up trapped in the pit with the lion-like enemy with no apparent way out. Fortunately, Jesus is always the way out of the pit and will make us a victor when we trust him to fight our battles for us.

Father, thank you for giving me a shot of encouragement in the arm today. I needed that. It’s good to know that valiant warriors are still needed in the Lord’s army. We don’t fight against people but against the darkness of this world and its temporary lease holder, satan. I know that you are the real Lion, the Lion of the tribe of Judah! You roar within us and make us overcomers! We have the victory in you, which gives us the courage and fortitude to chase down lions into snowy pits and kill them, even on a snowy day. Thank you for loving me; I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.