Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47
There was only one King David.
In most of our lifetimes God will not call us to a leadership role as visible as this “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
He has called us to something.
Benaiah was one of those people who was determined to give his best to his calling. He was determined to pursue rather than be pursued.
Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear.
–2 Samuel 23:20-21 (The Message)
I want to be a lion chaser like Benaiah. I want to take the things in life that have the capacity to destroy me and use them for God’s Glory.
What are the lions in your life?
As Mark said in his book:
What if the life you really want is hiding behind your biggest problem? Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.
Before Benaiah could face the lion he had to face something bigger—his fears.
What fears are holding you back?
Here are the first three that come to mind:
- The fear of failure
- The fear of success
- The fear of rejection
These fears may be your lions. Let’s get out of the defensive mode and move to the offense—go after them, even it you have to chase them into a pit on a snowy day.
What are you waiting for?
Become a lion chaser!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 3: 6 through 2 Samuel 4: 12