And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: (2 Samuel 23:20)
Today's Morsel: On the last day of the year in 1967, The Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a championship game that came to be known as the "Ice Bowl." Played on the frozen Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin, the game was a test of man against nature. In his pregame speech, Coach Vince Lombardi warned his players, "To be a winner, you've got to be bigger than the weather."
King David had developed some mighty men. When you study these guys, they were at first depressed, indebt, and discontent. But under David's leadership, they became a force to reckon with. Scripture says that Benaiah went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. What would make a man jump into a pit with a lion on a snowy day knowing that the odds were against him? Maybe to prove a test of will versus size and strength. Or maybe David had told them about how he killed the lion and the bear with his bare hands at such a young age. We don't know why he did it, but Scripture says that he did, and I'll label him as a valiant man. Sometimes our adverse conditions can make us feel like failures before we ever try, and we become afraid to even try. Some are willing to let their adverse conditions destroy them rather than take them on. We must realize that greater is He that is within us then he that is in the world. Jesus said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). So let me encourage you today, take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God and go defeat your adversities.
Sing: Let God arise and his enemies be scattered! Let God arise and his enemies be scattered! Let God arise and his enemies be scattered! Let God, let God, arise!