Daniel 6:19-23 King James Version (KJV)
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
Dear Beloved of God,
The reading above is one of those incredible, wonderful, mighty, and miraculous stories from the Holy Scriptures we all remember. So vivid in its intensity that by the Holy Spirit we can actually picture the scene. It is amazing. Daniel was spared by God in such a miraculous fashion! Oh, and the lions were indeed hungry. After Daniel was lifted out, the king had the men who falsely accused Daniel and their families thrown into the Lions’ den, and before they reached the ground the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones!
If you remember the story, these individuals tricked Darius the king to publish a decree so that the satraps and administrators could get rid of Daniel, because of their grave and wicked jealousy. They could not find a basis of charges, so they tricked the king into the decree that if anyone is found praying to any god or man other than the king in the next 30 days, he should be throne into the lions’ den. And of course, in accordance to the plan, they turned in Daniel. When the king was told, he could Not change his decree. He could only hope that Daniel’s God would rescue Daniel. And he did!
The same wickedness in the hearts of those individuals who tricked the king, so that they could get rid of Daniel, is from their bondage to their idolatries. But the idols who are merely metal or stone, or what have you, being nothing, are actually the work of the serpent who in the beginning sought to hurt the only true God and lead the man and woman into destruction by tricking them to doubt God, and to turn from him through the use of a lie.
Today, we go through a lot of things. We face many adversaries in the spiritual realm. The whispers and attacks they plan, even if they do so trying to trick a person into doing something against us, are all for one purpose from them…. They are temptation lies amid trials and tribulations we go through. They want to do something with their tricks amid our trials. They want to destroy. They do so through attempting to draw us away from God through doubt and ultimately unbelief. And they try, as such, to get us to give up on going to God in prayer.
Daniel learned about the decree of Darius. And the first thing he did was go and pray! He did not give up. And God tells us not to give up, either! He loves us. We are his children. This means by which this has taken place is supernatural, it is the amazing, miraculous power of God who has rebirthed us! This was not the birth that came about through a human’s power or will, but by the power of God. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in him won’t perish but have eternal life.
He did this, because in the beginning when the fall took place and the idol lie was believed, God had to keep his Word. God is holy. God is changeless. God lovingly warned not to eat the fruit. We did. But God is also holy! And in the amazing mind of God, God satisfied the demands of His holy Word and the verdict against sin, through his Holy Love which said, “I will die for you instead.”
In the promise of the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent’s head, God pointed to when his Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ would come into the world in the fullness of time according to God’s perfect timing, to take the place of you and me, to bear our sins, and the curse, upon himself in place of is, and to exchange his perfect righteousness given to us to cover us as a beautiful, lion proof clothing upon us.
You see, as the king had hoped, no wrong had been found in Daniel. For you and me, no wrong is found, yea in fact what is found is the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ clothing us, and all sin removed by the power of his blood which he shed to deliver us from sin, death, the devil and everlasting condemnation.
What a gift from God. This is God’s truth. This is the faith for us to extinguish the fiery arrows of the evil one when it seeks to assail us with temptation lies, to try and keep us from prayer. But greater God our Father! And it is our God who invites us, encourages us, saying, peace to you. Be not afraid. Believe. I am with you in the den. You are not alone. I hear you. Talk to me. And I will answer.