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We Know The End of The Story

Posted: Wednesday, November 30

 Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Daniel 7:1-28
1 John 1:1-10
Psalm 119:153-176
Proverbs 28:23-24

Verse of the day:

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!”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!” (Daniel 6:16)


Many of us learned the historical account of Daniel in the lion’s den when we were kids.  Daniel prayed to God, violating a law brought by his opponents.  Daniel was sentenced to the lion’s den.  God protected Daniel in the lion’s den and he survived.



When we start reading Daniel 6, we already know the end of the story.  We know Daniel survives.  We know King Darius is overjoyed and gives a command for Daniel’s accusers to be thrown into the lion’s den.  We know Daniel prospers.

We know how it ends - but, Daniel did not.  

 

When Daniel chose not to compromise his relationship with his Heavenly Father, he risked his life.  Daniel knew that he would face the death penalty if he was caught praying.  Yet, Daniel "went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10 NIV).

 

After Daniel’s opponents saw him praying, "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!” (v. 16).

 

Daniel had no assurance that his life would be spared.

 

When we face challenges or difficult seasons, wouldn’t it be great to know there’s a happy ending on the horizon?

 

Just like Daniel, we don’t know specifically how God will restore and rebuild.  We don’t know what will become of people who oppose us.  

 

What we do know is that God is in control.  He knows our heart and He knows the truth.  Our job is to serve God continually.  Let’s have confidence that our hope for physical, emotional and spiritual rescue is found in Him.