Friday, August 10, 2012

Daniel in the Lions' Den

If the photo above is genuine, the man in the tigers’ cage will definitely amaze us by his guts.

This photo also reminds us of Daniel who was thrown into the lions’ den by Persian King Darius the Great (550–486 BC) because of Daniel's offence against the King’s decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days except to the King Darius shall be thrown into the lions’ den.

Daniel 6:10-12 tells that what Daniel did after he knew about the decree is about;

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

Daniel 6:14 tells what King Darius did;

When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.”

So to speak, King Darius found himself to be trapped in his own decree and he could not save him by any means, but order him to be thrown into the lions’ den against his will.

Daniel 6:23 records;

“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.”

Based on the Daniel’s story above, we can say he was a man of true bravery. How could he be such a man of valor even before the decree of the most powerful king of the world in that time? We can find the exact answer to this question with no difficulty – because he had trusted in his God, Jehovah.

In Ephesians 6:10, Apostle Paul exhorts us;

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

If we trust in our Great God and Lord Jesus Christ, we can be brave like David before Goliath, Daniel before King Darius, Moses before Pharaoh, Peter and Paul before Roman Caesars.

Are we ready to face any circumstances with such a bravery, not fearing anything other than God Himself Who is all-powerful, ever-present, all-knowing?

If you are scared like me, then let’s be strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power! Amen.

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