'Benaiah...went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.' 2 Samuel 23:20 NIV
Benaiah was one of King David's 'mighty men'. His résumé reads: 'Benaiah...was a valiant fighter...He...went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.' That's what is called 'courage with cold feet'. The greatest courage of all is showing courage in the face of fear. Someone said, 'Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.' When you know you have heard clearly from God, you are filled with faith in that moment. It puts steel in your spine.
Benaiah's courage, especially with cold feet, is the reason he is a famously valiant member of King David's mightiest men. Because there is no middle ground to hide in, he fights the lion and he kills it. Thousands of years later, God and His people still look at this personality trait as characteristic of the God-centred soul: boldness, right at the moment that fear threatens to swamp you.
Think: when you can't keep your distance from the thing you're fearing, how do you respond? What puts steel in your spine when fear presses in?
So what now? If you're frozen with fear, for any reason, a good idea would be to ask some Christian friends if you can all meet up and pray about it. While it's great to ask for advice, simply praying together could actually be more powerful.
SoulFood: Ezra 9-10; Luke 10:16-28; Ps 78:17-31; Pro 19:27-29