Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels (mightiest warriors) of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:20-23
I stumbled on this quirky account the other day in my Bible reading. It has caused my mind to go in many directions. Here is this guy who probably wasn’t on the motivational speaker circuit. Benaiah just did mighty things. He struck down two of Moab’s mightiest warriors and a handsome Egyptian. And he followed a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed him.
In 1 Chronicles 11:23 the story about the Egyptian is told as well, adding the detail that he was 7 ½ feet tall. So Benaiah killed a giant and was a lion chaser. That’s a pretty good resume. Because of his exploits, he got to be one of King David’s body guards. We might not have giants and lions to contend with, but we have figurative ones that are just as daunting. Benaiah didn’t run away from danger, he took it on and won. I want to be that kind of person.
I’ve often thought that when David fought Goliath, he might have looked right over his nine foot tall head to see a mighty angel that was twenty feet tall, or even God almighty who is taller yet. He didn’t see the size of the enemy, just the size of his God. When the twelve spies went into the Promised Land, ten of them came back saying there were giants and called them to not take the land. Caleb and Joshua didn’t have their eyes on the giants, but on their God who was bigger than the giants. In fighting against the world, our flesh and the devil, we need the same view of our big God. We need a mindset that sees the sufficiency of God rather than the size of our opposition.
Also, in a study done about grit by Angela Duckworth at Harvard, she found that the most prominent contributing factor in successful people wasn’t how smart, talented, or rich a person was. The biggest factor was grit. Grit is a dogged determination that never quits. Grit is the bounce that enables us to get back up when we’re knocked down. To fight a good fight we need faith, we need grit.
Finally, to fight the good fight, we need obedience. That’s how we can call it a ‘good’ fight, and not a dirty one, a crooked one, or one that took short cuts.
I want to be a lion chaser, one that kills giants, not a quitter, a coward or a cheater. How about you?