I am reading through the one year Bible. I am finishing up 2nd Chronicles. So I have read the story of David multiple times. The last time I was reading through rather quickly, thinking I have read this so many times. Then reading it for the last time something hit me. David was the first Israelite to kill a giant or do anything great from a military standpoint since Samson. David was a teenager who kills a military champion. What it unleashed thought I think was even greater than killing Goliath… David raised up 30 men who need an entire chapter dedicated to their superhuman military feats. Many people after David killed giants or would kill like 800 people in a single battle.
One of my favorite men in the Bible is Beniah. Here is a snap shot of his story…
2 Samuel 23:20 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. 21 Once, armed only with a club, he killed an imposing Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it.
Beniah is a champion killing, lion chasing man’s man. I want to be like Beniah! I want to raise up my son and other men to chase lions and kill champions. Men of great faith and virtue. I wonder where he finds courage to chase lions and go one on one with champions. I think it is David. His leader inspired and called more out of him than he saw in himself.
Unitl 1954, doctors said a 4 minute mile was not possible. They said a man’s heart would burst before he could break that barrier. Roger Bannister thought he could do it and he did. No one before him broke this record, but within 12 months 24 other people broke the 4 minute mark. He showed people that it could be done and that inspired people to do the same.
I think David had the same effect on the men around him. David walked in crazy faith. He would charge an entire army by himself. Men around him would do the same.
What effect do you have on other people? If you died today what would your legacy be? Did you make other people great? Did you do something great? What do you want it to be? If you don’t like it what will you do today to change it?
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus