2 Samuel 23:20-23 – There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab’s mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. Another time, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. These are some of the deeds that made Benaiah almost as famous as the Three. He was more honored than other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of his bodyguard.
Valiance can be defined as bold courage and unwavering determination. No matter what type of opposition lies ahead, being valiant means you will push through to reach your objective no matter what obstacles you will face.
Benaiah is one warrior of the Thirty in 2 Samuel that demonstrates just that. He faced Moab’s mightiest warriors and conquered them. Going after the best warriors on the opposing side is enough to make most men anxious. But to go after the best of the best not only shows courage, it shows resolve. What were these warriors trying to prevent Benaiah from achieving? It had to have been important.
When Benaiah chased after a lion, I can see this lion running for its life while this man twice the size smaller than the lion is chasing after it. It makes me wonder if this was part of his training, or if he was hungry, and to do this in the worst of weather conditions.
This should tell us that we will face struggles in our journey. The conditions we will experience will be less than pleasant to say the least. But it should also remind us that no matter what obstacles we may face to reach our objective, the ability to achieve our goal is not impossible. It just takes determination and courage.