Lions DenIn our modern times there are few who have never heard the story of Daniel and the lion’s den (Dan 6). Sunday school, church plays, children’s book have all recreated this Biblical account in some way or another. Daniel’s circumstances continue to stand (as they have for millennium) as a shining example of faith in action.

After the death of Nebuchadnezzar, and the overthrow of the Babylonian empire by the combined efforts of the Medes and the Persians, King Darius the Mede (along with Cyrus of Persia) ruled a massive empire throughout the former Assyrian/Babylonian territory. Unlike their predecessors, Darius/Cyrus had a much different philosophy when it came to treating their captors. (Eventually Cyrus would play a role in releasing the Jewish captives to return to Jerusalem under Nehemiah). Recognizing the gifting and wisdom found in Daniel, Darius the Mede places him in a top-level position in his kingdom.

That is what happens when we fully obey God – we prosper.

Even as today, the enemy HATES to see God’s people prosper! In modern times he thwarts this plan by creating doctrines and churches that teach God’s people to give up their rights and embrace poverty for supposed spiritual strength, but during Daniel’s day, Satan moves others to jealousy using different methods. Tricking the King into issuing a law against prayer to any other than the king, the jealous princes trap Daniel under his own faithfulness to the Lord.

Daniel had a choice.

          Fake it.

          Deny it.

          Trust the Lord.

 

Because Daniel trusted the Lord – despite his circumstances – the Lord rescued him from the den of lions and used that situation to bring greater success into his life. When King Darius found Daniel alive the next morning, he was overjoyed. Notice how the text puts it:

“So Daniel was taken out of the lion’s den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him,

because he believed in his God.” – Dan 6:23

 Daniel’s rock-solid confidence/trust that God would take care of him literally prevented him from being hurt in any way. While standing before the open door to the lion’s den – knowing what awaited him – Daniel had no cause to be confident in the situation. But His confidence (his faith) was not in the situation… but in the Lord.

The writer of Hebrews would later recall this when sharing a list of the great acts of faith among God’s prophets in Hebrews 11:33.

Let this be a lesson for us all. When you find yourself peering into the dark, damp interior of a lion’s den – don’t fear. Don’t quake. Don’t throw your hands up in despair.

           Have faith.

          Trust in the Lord.

          Stand on what you know about Him.

 

Then “no manner of hurt will come upon you”.

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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