DARING TO MAKE A STAND – A BIBLE STUDY OF DANIEL CHAPTERS 1-6 – PART 28

When Your Faith is Under Fire – Part 4 – Protected Miraculously

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“18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 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, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”  Daniel 6:18-23 NIV

In our last devotion, we saw Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den by King Darius.  Because King Darius had great respect for Daniel, he felt great regret and remorse for the situation Daniel was put into.  Although the Scripture is clear that King Darius tried to find a way to set Daniel free, he was unable to rescue Daniel from the lion’s den because the law was made permanent by decree.  Daniel was put into the den of lions and the entrance was sealed.

That night, Darius was so guilt ridden he was unable to get rest.  Ironically, it is likely that Daniel had a better night’s rest than Darius!  It was Daniel’s habit to pray, so we can be sure that he prayed.

There are two important observations to make about the night Daniel was in the lion’s den.

Here’s the application from this passage.

There is greater peace in a lion’s den with God than in a King’s palace without God.

In this devotion, I think it’s important to see an amazing contract between Darius and Daniel.

1 – Darius had no peace in the palace without God.

There are so many times I tend to think that I would be at peace if I had more favorable circumstances.  King Darius shows me that although one may have all the comforts the world has to offer, without God, peace will still be lacking.

There are people who have achieved amazing things yet still end up feeling incredibly empty because they have failed to discover what Daniel knew.  Daniel had discovered and accepted who God created him to be.

2 – Daniel had perfect peace in the lion’s den with God. 

Verses 19-22 are really, really crazy when you read it and think about it.  King Darius comes out of his palace in the morning to lament the loss of Daniel. King Darius is distraught.  He is anguished and disturbed.  He is grieving Daniel.  From the text, we can conclude that Darius came to the den in the morning because it is unlikely that he slept.

As the king is outside of the lion’s den mourning, Daniel hears him.  I wonder if the king actually woke Daniel up!  From within the lion’s den, Daniel hears the king lamenting him and starts to speak encouragement to the king… while he is surrounded by ferocious hungry lions nearing starvation!

“May the king live forever!”  Daniel says.  I don’t think I’d be as gracious as Daniel was to the person who put me in a den of hungry lions.  Daniel continues.  22 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, Your Majesty.”

Amazing!  God sent an angel and stopped the lions!  Some speculate that the angel in the lion’s den may have been the same angel who walked in the fire with the three Hebrew boys… namely, Jesus!

There is greater peace in a lion’s den with God than in a King’s palace without God.  Charles Spurgeon pointed out, “In any case he must have had a glorious night. What with the lions, and with angels all night to keep him company, he was spending the night-watches in grander style than Darius.”

Christians today face temptations to compromise their faith and it often appears that the safest course is to go along with the crowd.  God does not call His people to take the safest course, but to trust Him as we persevere in our faith.  Although Daniel’s cause was righteous and he was unjustly accused, God did not deliver him from the lion’s den, but through it, when he persevered in the faith.

Though life may be difficult, God may be calling you to persevere in your faith.  He may not save you from the challenges in life, but might instead be calling you to discover His peace, power, and presence through the lion’s den.

There is greater peace in a lion’s den with God than in a King’s palace without God.

Dear Jesus I pray for peace through the challenges of my life.  Empower me to trust Your presence over my circumstances.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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