Devotional Type : DCLM Daily Manna 

Preacher:  Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Topic: Overcoming Obstacles

Text: 1 Chronicles 8:1-32 (KJV)

1. Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, 

2. Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 

3. And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, 

4. And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah, 

5 And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram. 

6. And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath: 

7. And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud. 

8. And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives. 

9. And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham, 

10. And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers. 

11. And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal. 

12. The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof: 

13. Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath: 

14. And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth, 

15. And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader, 

16. And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah; 

17. And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber, 

18. Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal;

19. And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi, 

20. And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel, 

21. And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi; 

22. And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel, 

23. And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan, 

24. And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah, 

25. And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak; 

26. And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah, 

27. And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham. 

28. These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem. 

29. And at Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon; whose wife's name was Maachah: 

30. And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab, 

31. And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher. 

32. And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against them.

1 Chronicles 8:1‭-‬32 KJV

Key Verse: “Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath” (1 Chronicles 8:13)


In 1962, Victor and Mildred Goertzel published a revealing study of 413 “famous and exceptionally gifted people” called Cradles of Eminence. They spent years attempting to understand what produced such greatness and what common thread might run through all of these outstanding people’s lives. Surprisingly, the most outstanding fact was that virtually all of them, 392, had to overcome very difficult obstacles in order to become who they were.

The passage before us speaks of the ‘heads’ of families of the tribe of Benjamin who drove away the inhabitants of Gath. This was a heroic act, considering that Gath was an important city of the Philistines which at one time produced the giant Goliath and home to the family of giants.

Driving away the giants couldn’t have been an easy task. Their size and stature gave them an instant advantage. And the fact that Gath was said to be the dwelling place of the giants (2 Samuel 21:22) only added to the challenge. David was said to have wiped out the generation of giants in 1 Chronicles 20:8. It appeared from the account in our text that the Benjamites were involved in driving out the remaining inhabitants of Gath to complete the routing of Israel’s enemies.

To enjoy the Christian life today, we must overcome obstacles. We cannot win souls to the Lord without engaging in spiritual warfare one way or the other. As members of God’s army, we must arise and engage the giants in battle until all are vanquished. We must go to the very frontline of soul-winning and mission work without fear because God is in us and with us.

Thought For The Day: Overcoming obstacles is a necessity for greatness.

Bible Reading in a Year: Exodus 33-35.