“King David said, ‘Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.’ When they came before the king, he said to them: ‘Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointhim king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.’


Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, ‘Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David’!” 1 Kings 1:32-37 (NIV)



After one of David’s other sons tried to promote himself to become king, King David made the transition to his anointed son, Solomon. When David had Solomon make his first appearance as king, Benaiah was one of the chosen people to go with him. Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, was considered one of David’s Mighty Men and King David’s bodyguard. He wasn’t named in the same breath as David’s top three men, but his fame matched their fame. He excelled in his work and was faithful to King David. He was the man who went down into a pit to kill a lion on a snowy day. He fought Israel’s enemies and won. When the time came for Solomon to be anointed as the next king, Benaiah was in close proximity to David, so he had the opportunity to participate in David handing his kingdom off to his son. While he had been faithfully serving God, the transition of the throne from David to his son Solomon opened up a new door. A bodyguard would have needed to be loyal, honest, trustworthy, and present. Solomon would have known Benaiah and seen how he treated his father. In 1 Kings 2, Solomon didn’t just keep Benaiah as his bodyguard; he appointed Benaiah as head of his army. Benaiah’s faithful presence proved to be a prerequisite for a promotion into his new position.


Faithfulness can be overlooked in our fast-paced society.  We can become more interested in the newest fad or overnight successes rather than being consistently faithful over the years. You may be standing by someone else who was promoted at work, bought that new house, or received instant recognition for their contribution. However, in God’s economy, faithfulness is not overlooked, because God uses our faithfulness in one season to position us for the next season. He is more interested in our follow-through than our fame. Your choice to honor God and be faithful where he has placed you will not return void. Pursue what God has called you to today, and you will be surprised as you let God have His way tomorrow. Benaiah was doing his job with excellence. When Solomon needed someone to step up, Benaiah was a natural fit. If you have become discouraged with being consistently faithful, remember that God sees you, and He counts every contribution that may go unnoticed by others.


THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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