For the past two weeks, our college Bible study group has camped out in the third session of our book, Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. The title of the study comes from a story in 2 Samuel 23:20-23:
Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. Benaiah killed two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. He also killed an Egyptian, a huge man. Even though the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went down to him with a club, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and then killed him with his own spear. These were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who had a reputation among the three warriors. He was the most honored of the Thirty, but he did not become one of the Three. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
We have been talking about facing our fears, because if we’re not careful, our fears will become huge lions that take over our lives.
I don’t care how battle-tested or battle-scarred you are. I don’t care how crazy or courageous you are. You don’t come face-to-face with a 500-pound lion without experiencing sheer terror. But one thing sets lion-chasers apart – they don’t run away from the things that scare them. Normal people don’t chase lions, but lion-chasers aren’t normal.
Lion-chasers chase their fears. (p. 45)
Has God put something in your path that you would rather run away from? You can run away, you can go kicking and screaming (not a pretty sight, no matter what your age), or you can run straight toward the thing that you fear and face it head-on.
What fears are you facing, and how will you respond today?