Lord of the Lions

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you.”

A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep fled from him.

Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste to the den of lions. When he came near to the den to Daniel, he cried with a lamentable voice; the king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever. My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.”

Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. – Daniel 6:16-23 (WEB)

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is familiar to Christians everywhere. It is a story of faith, courage, love, and power. It has all the elements of a truly great story. Is it just a story? No. It is a record of the demonstration of God’s lordship over the lions’ den and of his power over the evil schemes of men.

The men who conspired to get Daniel thrown in the lions’ den did not fear God. They did not know that the God who created the universe also created the lions. They did not know that this God to whom Daniel prayed is all-powerful and controls the entire universe, even the lions.

We know, but do we act as if we know? When we face difficulties in our lives, do we panic, or do we pray to God, do what we know we should do, and then leave the results in God’s hands? Give your troubles to the Lord of the lions today and rest in the peace only he can give.

Father, we know you control everything in the universe. Help us to remember that when life gets hard. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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