Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.” (Daniel 6:26-27)
Daniel was one of the captives, but God made him great through his faith in the land of captor. Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.
The other administrators and high officers did not like what was happening to them and Daniel. Thus, they began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”
So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long live King Darius! We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions. And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” It was a trap to get Daniel whom King Darius completely trust. Without knowing this secret plot of the administrators and high officials, King Darius signed the law.
Daniel learned that the law had been signed. If we were Daniel, what would be the next course of action? Continue praying before God while ignoring the law? Or stop praying for the next thirty days? Of course, continuing prayers meant death by being thrown into the den of lions as signed in the law. Historically, many believers and pastors confronted this hardship reality: keeping faith despite of being killed or compromising faith to survive.
Bible continued: Daniel went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He did not hide what he was doing. He openly prayed three times a day, just as he had always done. He also gave thanks to God as he did. Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help. So they went straight to the king and reminded him about his law. “Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions?”
“Yes,” the king replied, “that decision stands; it is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” Then they told the king, “That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.” (Daniel 6:13) Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.
In the evening the men went together to the king and said, “Your Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.” The king realized he was completely trapped. So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.” (Daniel 6:16)
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. The king deeply loved Daniel, and he knew Daniel’s innocence.
Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den. When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” He thought that Daniel was perished in the lion’s den.
Suddenly Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” (Daniel 6:21)
The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God. Daniel’s faith brought the miracle. God sent an angle and protected him from the danger of the lion’s mouth and teeth. God is gracious to His children.
Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12) but my righteous one shall live by faith… (Hebrews 10:38)
Please God help us to increase our faith to completely trust you in any situations. Those who don’t like us might set a trap to capture us, but please make us strong and courageous in you. Help us to walk the walk given to us, while following the footstep of Jesus Christ. We earnestly pray with our humility before you, who is One and Only God full of mercy and love.
… Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)