I don’t know about you, but spiders freak me out! I can kill them, but not without screaming! I pray often that the Lord will let me see the spiders before they see me…and eat me alive! Yes, this may sound like a silly fear, but let’s admit it, we all have them.
2 Samuel 23:20 NASB
“Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.”
When I recently read through the life of David, a certain character caught my eye, Benaiah. This dude was like David’s hit man! If David needed someone taken care of, this was the man to do it! I imagine Benaiah would probably crush spider nests with his fingers and not even blink! Actually, I imagine spiders would flee the vicinity anytime he came near! Well, if they knew what he was capable of they sure would! Reading about Benaiah encourages me to not fear these measly spiders that are so much smaller than me.
Now, I am not promoting murder. This man was an army officer and took out bad guys who threatened David’s (and then Solomon’s) throne. He stood for the things of the Lord. He was like David’s security guard, protecting David from those who would try to kill him. What a good job he did too! Our verse today just happens to mention how Benaiah just happened to kill “a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day” (2 Samuel 23:20). WHAT?! The Bible’s details sometimes amaze me. Why would we need to know that though? Well, think about it. Does it prove this man’s strength and ferocity even more? I think so.
In certain parts of Africa, a young boy is sent into the wilderness at a certain age in order to “become a man.” He does this by killing a lion and bringing it back to his village. I have heard that a man who did this really did not have much to fear after achieving something like that. Can you imagine?
So what do we do with all of this? Well, one response is to pray and trust God as opposed to live in fear. Another thing we might do is look into the Bible more and pay attention to the little things, like the character of Benaiah. What an excellent example of a strong protector of a man! Pray about noticing the details of the Bible and learning how they fit into the bigger picture.
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: 365 Living Words.