…“Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” 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…” – Daniel 6: 19-22

One of the most loved stories from the Old Testament is the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. We love this story because it had a happy ending. God shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel was not harmed. One of the chief lessons we learn from this story is gleaned from the confession of King Darius himself: “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed,  and his rule will never end.” (Daniel 6:26). Hebrews 11:33 says, “By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions.”  Still, it must have been a terrifying night for Daniel, sitting so close to lions. It was a test of faith to be sure.

Many of us in the Panhandle are enduring our own personal “den of lions” right now. Michael has affected so many people. In many ways our faith is also being tested. The best thing we can do at times like this is to have the faith to focus on God and not on our situation. Of course, that is easier said than done when faced with such devastation. The Bible is a constant source of hope and inspiration in times like these.

Psalm 121:7-8 says, “The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”  2 Samuel 22:3-4 adds, “The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,  both now and forever.”

Hold on to the promises of God. He is always faithful. “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” – Psalm 18:2. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. God is bigger than anything we will ever face in our lives. Agree or disagree and why?