I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered. [Psalm 18:37 (NLT)]
I enjoy reading about the lesser known heroes of the Bible – the ones we didn’t learn about in Sunday school. One of my favorites is Benaiah. A courageous man of action, he killed two enormous “lion-like” soldiers from Moab. Later, armed only with a club, he killed a great spear-wielding Egyptian warrior. Then, when Benaiah encountered a lion, instead of turning and running away, he chased it down and killed it. This brave hero became King David’s bodyguard and later commanded King Solomon’s army.
Although we’re not likely to face great warriors or lions, we do face a fair number of what often seem to be insurmountable obstacles or unbeatable adversaries. Like many, my first reaction to a problem is often to turn tail and run. I’m not much for confrontation and my backbone is occasionally the consistency of gelatin. Benaiah, however, certainly knew how to face both danger and adversaries and we can learn from his example. In those three situations there was only one thing he knew for certain: if he didn’t take some action, he was a dead man. Instead of being paralyzed by fear or trying to run away, he faced each threat and took action. Outnumbered by Moabite warriors, the odds were certainly against him, but he took a chance and bravely defied the odds. Later, willing to take a risk and armed only with a club, he brazenly walked right up to an Egyptian warrior, plucked the spear from his hand and killed him with it. Benaiah also knew enough to access a situation and seize an opportunity when it presented itself. After spotting a pit, he managed to chase the lion right into it.
It’s easy to let fear discourage and even paralyze us. Doing nothing, however, gets us nowhere. When the odds are against you, think of Benaiah and remember that, sometimes, you just might have to give chase to the lions in your life!
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. [Norman Vincent Peale]