1 Chronicles 11:22 – (Benaiah the 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.)
As we look at this verse about Benaiah, we can clearly see that he was a valiant and very battle ready warrior. This verse at first glance, makes us strictly think of someone who is very strong and skillful as a trained warrior. However, it is crucial that we seek God and let him open our spiritual eyes when it comes to how the story of Benaiah applies to us!
There is far more to this story than the reader may see with their natural eyes. Let’s concentrate on the last sentence of this verse that tells us Benaiah went down a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. As we look closely at this verse, we see that Benaiah did not fall into the pit but, instead he chose to go down into the pit.
We also see the day was cold and snowy! This shows us that the visibility was bad that day and it was cold and bleak. As we look with our spiritual eyes, I believe the message God wants us to see is this. Benaiah chose to go into the pit instead of simply passing by. He saw the lion in the pit and could of easily thought, there’s a lion in that pit, I am not going to fall in there. Instead he went down into the pit and killed the lion because he knew the next person would not see the lion and would fall into the pit and be devoured.
Remember also, the day was cold and snowy which tells us the next person’s visibility would be bad and it was also a cold gloomy day for them. As we look clearly, we can see the Lord telling us that we are to tell people about Jesus and help them from falling into the pit which is the trap that the devil sets for them!
We can see that when people are in despair their visibility is poor and they are prone to fall into these pitfalls set for them. Like Benaiah, we are to help them avoid these traps and pitfalls by telling them about Jesus and encourage them in the Lord instead of just passing by.
Later Benaiah was promoted for these exploits the same way god will promote us for being obedient to him and reaching out to help others. Are you ready to become like Benaiah today??
Proverbs 24:10-12 – (If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Deliver those drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, surely we did not know this, does not he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does he not render to each man according to his deeds?)