One of the most loved stories from the Old Testament is the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. The whole story of Daniel starts when he was just a young boy. However, by the time Daniel was cast into the lion’s den he was an old man. Many things happened in Daniel’s life, but he continued to trust and serve God even though he was forced to work for ungodly people.
The story of Daniel in the lion’s den is a story we love due to the the happy ending. God shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel was not harmed. Still, it must have been a terrifying night for Daniel, sitting so close to lions. One of the chief lessons we learn from this story is gleaned from the confession of King Darius himself: “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” (Daniel 6:26). Hebrews 11:33 says, “…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions.”
You might be enduring your own personal “den of lions” right now. The key is not to put your focus on your situation, but rather on God. Learn to trust God enough to take a stand when on the mountaintop or in the valley. The Bible tells us in Psalms 46:1. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of trusting God for the results.
- “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” – Psalm 121:7-8
- “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
- “…my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” – 2 Samuel 22:3-4.
- “…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
- “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.” – Psalm 68:19-20.
As you read and reflect on the verse(s) in this devotional and in future ones, I ask that you ask yourself three questions. (1) What does the passage say? (2) What does the passage mean? And (3) What am I going to do about what the passage says and means? The application step is not completed by simply answering these questions; the key is putting into practice what God has taught you in this devotional. Although at any given moment you cannot be consciously applying everything you’re learning in your daily devotional, you can be consciously applying something. And when you work on applying a truth to your life, God will bless your efforts.
- God is bigger than anything we will ever face in our lives. What challenge or obstacle are you currently facing that you need God’s strength to help you endure through it? Does it involve taking a stand?
- In what ways do you experience God’s presence on a daily basis?
- Consider starting a prayer journal today. You don’t have to use a fancy notebook. Any paper that you can find will work. Use the journal to write down your feelings, emotions, and struggles. List your specific requests at the end of each page, and as God answers your prayers, be sure to write down the date and the way in which He answered you.