Benaiah … went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 2 Samuel 23:20
While the temps across the nation are unreasonably cold at this time, today’s title refers to a different kind of cold. The coldness of fear that Benaiah, one of King David’s valiant fighters, must have felt when he went down into a pit on a snowy day to kill a lion. That is courage with cold feet, showing courage in the face of fear.
I’ve heard many explanations of courage. Some say courage is just fear that has said its prayers. When you know you have heard the voice of God, you are filled with faith in that moment, and His voice puts steel in your spine. But, as you move out in faith you encounter the lions of fear. The ‘What if this doesn’t work? What if I fail? What will people say?‘ That’s when you have to decide if you’re going to be a warrior or a worrier. There’s no middle ground.
When you’re faced with a health crisis, relationship crisis or financial difficulty, you either choose to stand on God’s word or give into fear. While we may never fully understand why bad things happen to good people, we do know that God is good … all the time! So when trials come, and they will come, don’t let it destroy your peace. Arm yourself with the word of God and rise up against it. Trust in Him to give you strength and courage.