One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in 1 Chronicles 10-14.
“There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.” ~1 Chronicles 11:22
Why did he do it? What would it take to convince a person into chasing a lion into a pit on a snowy day?
It seems tactically wrong. Nobody runs towards a lion, a wise warrior doesn’t give up the high ground, and the footing in snow would have been less than optimal. It all seems wrong, less than wise, maybe even stupid. Yet, this is one of the heroic deeds Benaiah is remembered for. Why he did it, we’re not told, but “heroes” are not remembered for acts of stupidity, they’re remembered for acts of bravery and sacrifice that save others.
Heroes are remembered for giving everything of themselves so that others can have life. That’s exactly what God does for us! Jesus chased after us because of his deep love for us. Jesus gave up the high ground of Heaven to step into his creation so that we could clearly know nothing will ever separate us from his love. Finally, Jesus bravely gave everything in self-sacrificing love so that we could be restored to life, follow him, and participate with him in the life-giving works he has prepared for us!
Why did God do this heroic act? Because he loves us deeply, and he longs to participate in life with us!
Side note: About 10 years ago I read Mark Batterson’s book, “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day,” which revolves around the Old Testament verse I reflected on today. I highly recommend it; it’s a short read, and it’s a great read!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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