Word 4U Today



Benaiah was the warrior in charge of all of King David’s bodyguards. He went into a cave on a winter’s day, maybe to take shelter from the cold. Just as his feet were defrosting, he found a new cave buddy: a lion. Maybe the lion came in for shelter too. Or more likely, it was at its hungriest and most fearless in the scarce winter months.

Imagine: Benaiah couldn’t turn and run because he would only meet a cave wall. He had to fight, or he would die. The strongest animal his people knew of was staring him down, snow steaming off its flanks. Fight or die.

Benaiah’s courage, especially with cold feet, was the reason he was a famously valiant member of King David’s mightiest men. Because there was no middle ground to hide in, he fought the lion and killed it. Thousands of years later, God and His people still look at this personality trait as characteristic of a soul centered on God: boldness, especially at the moment that fear threatens to swamp you.

Think: when you can’t keep your distance from the thing you fear, how do you respond? What puts steel in your spine when fear presses in?

What now?

If you’re frozen with fear, for any reason, a good idea would be to ask some trusted Christian friends if you can all meet up and pray about it. While it’s great to ask for advice, simply praying together could actually hold more power!

Verse of  the Day

‘Benaiah…went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.’                         2 Samuel 23:20 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

February 1st, 2014

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