There is a story in the Bible that is not commonly heard. The entire story is 3 verses long, but to me it is one of the most powerful messages we need. I think we need this lesson in short form. It packs a greater punch and lands on the mind and the soul with an urgency to pay attention.
The story is this:
1 Chronicles 11:22-24 (NIV)
22 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.
23 And he struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits[a] tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod 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. 24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.
So the lion was trapped. He was in the pit. Hmmm, why did Benaiah feel the need to kill the animal…conquer the beast? Was it because he might escape. Little by little did the beast claw his way to the surface to wreak havoc once more?
Sounds like us. We know we have an obstacle in our lives. We may even push it down, press it back, suppress it for some time, but if we don’t completely deal with it, often it claws its way back to the surface to hurt our lives once more.
We must go into the pit with our beasts. We must conquer them or they continually conquer us.
We are overcomers. We are valiant fighters just like Benaiah.
Go into your pit and kill your beast! Experience the freedom of an overcomer.
Know that you have the strength, the power, and you and your loved ones are worth it!
You are worth it.