October 2, 2012

Fighting lions

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 7:12 pm

2 Samuel 23:20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.

There’s something out of the ordinary about this man’s behaviour.  Even in a chapter full of tales of heroism and mighty acts of valour, Benaiah stands out.  The other men were commended for their acts in battle against the Philistines, fighting on when others faltered and turning the tide back towards Israel.  Benaiah here does something different.  He went into a pit to kill a lion.  The lion was presumably not posing an immediate danger to him, although there was a chance it could escape and attack someone at a later date.  He did this on a snowy day, when common sense would suggest he should have been sheltering inside, warm and safe.  Instead he went out and did something that he didn’t need to do but that might benefit others and show his character.

I’m too fond of comfort too much of the time.  The idea of going out and actively seeking adventure seems like the stuff of films or books I’d enjoy from the safety of my house.  I know You’ve called me to more than that.

Lord help me to step out of my comfort zone willingly, to look for ways to do Your will and advance Your Kingdom.


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