So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” (Dan 6:16-20)
Anyone can be strong in their relationship with God when everything is going great. But in those moments when our back is against the wall, do we believe that God can and will deliver us?
I can’t help but wonder how the lions responded when they first saw Daniel. Did they lie down around him like docile kittens, or did they continue to roar, wanting desperately to eat the old man, but unable to do so? Personally I believe that they paced anxiously around Daniel for most of the night.
As Daniel sat there, he had ample opportunity to examine the bony remains of other victims, and no doubt more than once he heard the roar of Satan and his demons as they tried to intimidate him. But the fiercer lions roared, the more Daniel prayed. Though he could feel their hot breath on his face as he closed his eyes before them in prayer, he would not give them authority over his spirit and therefore God would not give them authority over his flesh.
Do you ever hear the roar of Satan? Do you ever feel his breath against your face? I do, and therefore I must be like Daniel and continue to pray – no matter what.
I close today with these encouraging words from the book of 1 Peter –
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
God bless you, my brethren, as you pray your way through your time in the lions’ den.