Are You Chasing or Retreating?

By Blesson Mathew, Partnership Coordinator

Whether it’s from personal study or from Sunday School growing up, we typically become familiar with many characters in the Bible. But there is someone you may or may not heard of. 

And that is a person that goes by the name of, Benaiah. For now we just need to know he was a great man, strong, brave, he was a commander, and was pretty much a secret service agent for David. There are a few stories you can find about him in scripture, but I just want to focus on one part of one of those stories.

“He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.” 2 Samuel 23:30

I love how the lion was not chasing Benaiah, but Benaiah was chasing the lion. During the course of our life, we tend to have a lot of plans. Plans that go great and plans that don’t work out so well. One of the hardest parts for me when planning the summer, is that all of the different people involved in a Next Step summer function off of their own plans and agenda.

Recently I had to jump into a pit with a lion in my own life. I thought to myself… what did I just do? Was this worth it? As I was reflecting on this verse, it got me thinking what the coolest part of Benaiah’s action really was. We could celebrate Benaiah because he came out of the pit with the lion alive, and although that is amazing, it’s not the most incredible part of the story. It’s not coming out that was courageous, it was that he went in with the lion in the first place. We all have lions in our lives. Some big, some small. But at the end of the day it is still a lion. We just need to dig deep and root our faith and confidence in God and chase out/put an end to those lions that just won’t let us get to where God wants us to be.