I recently read the book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”. The book tells the story of a man named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it. It was kind of a crazy story as the lion fell into the pit and Benaiah could have walked away without further risk or danger. But he didn’t. He went into the pit and killed the lion. Crazy, huh? What’s really crazy is the book is non-fiction. You can read the story in 2 Samuel 23:20-21. The story goes on and when David, the King of Israel, needed a body-guard who was fearless, and battle ready, he picks Benaiah. Benaiah began chasing lions and later he was used by God in a powerful way.
I want to be a “lion chaser” too. I want to have the confidence to face opposition and problems just like Benaiah. I want to do crazy things and be used by my King in powerful ways. I see so many people standing on the side lines and become cheerleaders as to what God is doing in His Kingdom. I don’t want to be on the sidelines. I want to be in the middle of the action. I know that I am ordinary, but I believe that God wants to use me to help build His Kingdom. Why else would I still be here on earth? He has a plan for me, and I want to be fearless and “chase lions” for Him.
God also wants to use each of you. Do you feel ordinary and incapable of accomplishing great things? If you silently said “yes”, then step forward, you qualify for the job! The Bible is loaded with true stories about who God likes to use. He wants the unlikely, the weak, to accomplish His will. God is continuing to write stories about how He uses ordinary men to accomplish extraordinary things. I challenge you with a simple question, “Do you want God to write the story He has created you to accomplish … or do you want to write your own story”?
As I continue to write this blog, I want to share stories of how God is using His team of ordinary misfits (that’s me and those who have joined in) to “chase and kill lions”. God is doing amazing things within the ministry of Su Refugio. He began in Paraguay, expanded into Argentina, and now Peru and Mexico. In November we are going to Jericho, Israel, to chase some lions. And, we are praying for what He might have for us in Panama and hope to do some early exploring in Columbia later this year or early next year. God doesn’t need a village, but He wants to use a team. He doesn’t need us, but He wants to use us.
So what do you think? Are you ready to chase some lions? Give me a call, I know where a lot of them are hanging out. Don’t worry, we’re not going alone. We have a special lion hunting guide who not only protects us but wants to guide our every step. And what’s really cool, He not only knows where all the lions are, He controls them!