1 Chronicles 11:22 "How To Kill A Lion In A Pit On A Snowy Day" on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of July 11, 2016
How To Kill A Lion In A Pit On A Snowy Day
1 Chronicles 11:22, “And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.”
In 1 Chronicles 11 we have the list of David’s renowned men. Men who helped King David succeed. Benaiah was one of David’s key men. He was one of the top thirty of all of David’s men and he did great exploits such as killing a lion in a pit on a snowy day. He also killed two heroes of Moab and in a latter verse he killed an Egyptian. All three are types of enemies that beset each of us. Spiritually they represent the flesh, the world and the devil.
In particular the lion represents Satan. Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.” So what is the lion in our lives?
For some it may be a physical disease or affliction. It may be a crushing disappointment. It could be a loved one taken from you or maybe the fear of being financially ruined. Whatever it may be, the lion is the worst possible foe in your life.
So how do we kill a lion in a pit on a snowy day? Remember, Benaiah met this lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. That made it a very treacherous situation -- the worst possible foe, in the worst possible place, under the worst possible circumstances.
The key to victory lies in the names of Benaiah and his father, Jehoiada. If you take the meaning of those two names, in the order of seniority, you get the secret of how to kill a lion on a snowy day. Jehoiada means "God knows," and Benaiah means "God builds." Those twin truths are the secret of how to meet a lion, the worst possible foe, in the worst possible place, under the worst possible circumstances, and win. We rest upon the facts that God knows, and God builds.
In 1895 Andrew Murray was in England suffering from a terrible back injury. He said these words: “In time of trouble, say, "First, He brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place; in that I will rest." Next, "He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child." Then say, "He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow." And last, say, "In His good time He can bring me out again. How, and when, He knows." Therefore say, "I am here (1) by God's appointment, (2) in His keeping, (3) under His training, (4) for His time."
That is how to kill a lion on a snowy day. God knows and God builds. Beloved, may the Lord use your current trial to build your faith and trust in Him!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus Name,