2008-09-01 - Daniel: Who's Afraid of a Little Lion?
Through faith, Daniel faced death and survived. (Daniel 6, Hebrews 11:32-33)
"My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king." (Daniel 6:22 NIV)
Daniel distinguished himself above his coworkers. King Darius even thought about promoting Daniel, then a governor. Instead of aspiring to be more like Daniel, the other workers tried to find a way to get rid of him. The only flaw found in Daniel's character was his obedience to God.
The men appeased the king's ego, and encouraged Darius to declare a law indicating governors and administrators were only to pray to the king for 30 days. If they did otherwise, the person would be thrown into a lions' den. Daniel didn't stop praying to God, and he bore his fate with the lions.
We may be faced with compromising our integrity. We need to determine if the concession is worth the price, and if it is what God intended. God allowed Daniel to experience the near-fatal event. He had to follow through with his faith, and trust that God would deliver him.
God miraculously rescued him, and Daniel praised the Lord. Daniel's jealous coworkers weren't so fortunate. They were punished for the scheme. Ironically, these men and their family members were used as food for the lions. King Darius' decree was revised to state that men in his kingdom should reverence Daniel's God, for He is a rescuer and a deliverer.
Lord, please show me the best way to handle situations in my life. I want to take a stand in my faith. Thank You for showing Yourself to me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.