Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 27 - In The Lion's Den

Hebrews 11: 33, Daniel 6

I would have to say that the heroes found in the book of Daniel are my favorite Old Testament heroes. Their faith in impossible situations amazes me and inspires me! Daniel was one of the young Jews that were taken into captivity during Nebuchadnezzar’s reign and served for several kings following his reign. Daniel and his friends had set themselves apart and continued to follow God’s law. As a result, Daniel was given high positions during the reigns of various leaders. Our story takes place during King Darius’s reign, who also valued Daniel’s friendship. If you haven’t read Daniel 6 already, please read it now; I promise you will not be bored!

If you have ever served in any type of leadership role whether at work, church, or anywhere else, you have probably also encountered someone who resented you in that role. All leaders (good or bad) will encounter resistance during their leadership and it is not easy. What can be even more difficult is when your leadership is being undermined and you are being unfairly set up. Daniel encountered this when Darius promoted him to lead the kingdom and the administrators and satraps tried to set him up. As a result, Daniel had to spend the night with the lions. Let’s back up a little and see what Daniel had done to get himself there.

We are told in verse10 that Daniel had a pattern that made him an easy target – he prayed to God three times a day. What got him in trouble? Verse 11 tells us, “Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.” So, we know that it was against the law to pray, and we see that Daniel’s response was to pray and ask God for help! Daniel knew that no matter what the law said, God was the only one that would be able to save him (spiritually and physically). Darius was broken hearted when he realized that he was going to have to throw Daniel into the lion’s den. So much so, he couldn’t eat or sleep that night. Daniel was not eaten by the lions; in fact we are told that he didn’t even have a single scratch on him! Verse 23 tells us, “…And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” Wow! Because he trusted God he was saved from the lions.

We have metaphorical lions that we have to face; it could be in the board room facing difficult questions, or it could be a meeting in which you are being falsely accused. Do you believe that God can deliver you from that mess? Please remember that if God has you where He wants you and you are serving Him, no human or anything else is going to mess with God’s plans. God will receive the glory! I also want to remind you that part of the reason he had such a strong faith in God was because of the time He spent with God. He prayed to God three times a day every day; that was the pattern he chose so that he would remember to have his time with God. Spending time in God’s Word and in prayer and listening help build our faith so we can believe and know that He can deliver us from the lions.

Are you spending time with God so you are ready to give your situations to Him?

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