“Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.”

2 Samuel 23:20

Looking at this mighty man’s name, Benaiah i.e. God built. From his childhood Benaiah was in preparation. His Father was a chief priest. Benaiah was raised around the ceremonies and workings of the tabernacle. Now we see this man on a snowy day going down into the midst of a pit to kill a lion. He wasn’t a fair weather warrior. It is never a good time to fight lions. In these conditions, even worse, this man had the courage to go to this lion; this man went and faced his problem.

There are situations in our lives that cannot wait to be dealt with. Some things can’t be put off until a better day. Sometimes we need to stop procrastinating and get the job done. Some things in life are not going to wait for a sunny day. They must be dealt with immediately.

Benaiah was having a bad day, but he knew the Lord was his victory. There are people called of God who are waiting for better conditions. There are people with talent and ability waiting for better conditions. There are people who put off salvation waiting for better conditions.

This man didn’t go in his own strength, but in the strength of God. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

To face a lion, it must take courage. This man was convinced that God was his help. It takes courage to leave the house. It takes courage to work in the public and courage to go to family reunions. Friends, it does take courage to come to the altar, to stand up for Jesus; and much more when the conditions are not nice.

When we find ourselves between clenched teeth of sin, we must deal with it immediately. If it is good conditions or not, sin strengthens itself with time and so the time to deal with sin is immediately.

Has the devil attacked your home, family, finances, health or your church? It might be the worst day of the year, but it is the best day for your victory. Is your lion an addiction, a secret, strong- hold or a battle that seems to never be won? Friends we can have a victory even on a snowy day just let God fight for you, but you must have the courage to step out and not postpone or procrastinate any longer. 2 Corinthians 6:2 “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

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