There’s a story in the Old Testament of the Bible about this guy named Benaiah. Have you seen the movie 300?
Yea, it was great. This is cooler.
“Benaiah…on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.” 2 Samuel 23:20
Why is this story so amazing?
1) Benaiah chased a lion on a snowy day. A lion would have much better reflexes and fighting skills on a snowy day than any human.
2) Benaiah chased a lion. Normal people run from lions, but Benaiah chased one.
3) Into a pit. Benaiah chased a lion into a pit on a slippery, snowy day.
4) He killed it. Not with a gun. Probably with some mad karate-kid skills that Jackie Chan's ancestors taught him.
Rather than running from the lion like a scaredy cat, Benaiah took this amazing opportunity to be a Lion Chaser.
What appear as our great problems are often our greatest opportunities.
Why do so many Christians seem like scaredy-cats rather than Lion Chasers? We don’t take awesome risks - risks that give God awesome room to show His miraculous power. Why do we always focus so much on playing it safe? Why do we buckle up in fear so easily?
Mark Batterson addressed this beautifully:
“Most of our problems are not circumstantial. Most of our problems are perceptual. Our biggest problems can be traced back to an inadequate understanding of who God is. Our problems seem really big because our God seems really small…”
Benaiah didn’t see a huge problem - he saw a huge opportunity.
What you see as your biggest problem - realize it’s a HUGE opportunity. Chase it. Allow room for God to show His miraculous provision!
What lion do you need to chase?