Monday, February 20, 2012

Chasing Lions on a Snowy Day

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 NLT)

   Snow has been hard to find here in Missouri this year.  We've had only about 3-5 inches compared to over 20 inches last year.  I love to watch the snow fall and feel the soft touch of it on my face, but I don't necessarily like running in it.

   One of my favorite verses in Scripture is 1 Chronicles 11:22.  Here we find a great warrior named Benaiah who "on a snowy day chased a lion down into a pit and killed it."  Are you kidding me?  Chased a lion in the snow?  How absurd!  No one in his right mind chases lions, especially in the snow.

   I can understand a lion chasing me, but not vice versa.  I can just see Benaiah chasing the lion and the lion falling into a pit with Benaiah sliding in after it.  It's bad enough chasing the lion, but to come face to face with a ferocious man eating lion in a pit.  Wow!  No way!

   Are you prepared to face up to a lion today?  Such lions as loss of job or home, fractured friendships, conflict within the family, health issues, a depressed spirit, or any number of other lions.

   How do we face these lions?  One thing is for sure, you can't do it in your own strength.  The only way you can chase one of these lions is in the strength of the Lord.  Call upon him today and seek his grace, wisdom, and strength to help you defeat the lion.

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