Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
2 Samuel 20:20-23
Benaiah was the man. He was bold. He was obviously cunning. He was the definition of courageous. After all, who in their right mind chases after lions? Those who have the spirit of Benaiah. In Benaiah we discover that the path to a person’s greatest potential is often directly through their great fears. Let me state it another way. That which appeared to Benaiah as a scary lion turned out to be the basis of his reputation and success. Chasing his lion, his fears, was one of the key events God used to define his life. That’s because life’s greatest opportunities often come disguised as God-sized challenges.
To me, one of the big questions of 2 Samuel 23 is — how big is your God? This might be one of the most important questions we ever ask ourselves. How big is your God? A.W. Tozier once said, “A low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils. but a person with a high (or large) view of God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.” In other words, a small view of God leads to significant problems while a large view of God solves them. This is the difference between lion chasers and scaredy-cats. Scaredy-cats try to avoid any and all situations where the odds are against them while lion chasers understand that impossible odds simply set the stage for God to show up and act like God. IT Matters — we never allow human odds to dictate or determine our Divine calling or conviction.
God is bigger than our problems. He is bigger than our worst fears and failures. He is bigger than our greatest fears. He is bigger! And IT Matters!