In The Lion's Den
Posted: Saturday, November 29
2 Peter 3:1-18
Verse of the day:
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10)
“Daniel in the Lion’s Den” is one of the most popular Bible stories that we teach kids in the church. It’s right up there with the stories of Noah, Moses, and David killing the giant Goliath. For adults who have grown up with these stories it is easy sometimes to pass over them as just being good stories and forget that these are real events that took place with real application for us today.
The story of Daniel is a story of courage. It’s a story of standing up for what was right even when there will be persecution and consequences for it. Daniel didn’t know what the end of his story would be when he took the stand that he did. He choose to stand for what was right even though doing so meant facing a very painful death. We have the advantage of knowing the rest of the story and that God protected Daniel while he spent the night in the Lion’s Den. Daniel could have made the decision to hide by praying with closed windows and at night so that no one would see him. He could have given up prayer for the 30 days and tried to convince himself that surely God would understand the type of pressure and risk he was facing.
Because Daniel decided to stand for what’s right the King saw first-hand that the God that he served was the one true God. The King was so impacted by what he saw that he then issued this decree to all the people. Daniel 7:25-27, “Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you! “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
At times it may seem safer or easier to not take a stand however, we don’t know the impact that we could have by doing what is right. When you are facing pressure to hide your relationship with God or to back down from what the Bible says is right ask God to give you the courage to take a stand like Daniel. In that moment God may be wanting to use you to bring about change and to show His goodness and power!