Ever find yourself going through a tribulation, that no matter what you do or how hard you pray, it feels like God just don’t hear you? Ever find yourself in a place where all you see, are problems and burdens, that are waiting to devour you and you just can’t help but wonder where is God? Or do you ever find yourself struggling on a daily basis, and your so tired to stand on your own and you ask God, why won’t you help? It’s almost like being in a dark, damp, den filled with hungry lions that are drooling at the smell of our misery and fear.
Most of the time we forget that God is with us and that He has a plan for us. Even when we can’t see what it is yet. And when the world casts us into a den of hungry lions, where we see the King of the Jungle waiting to consume us, we forget who the King of Kings is. But still, how do we survive The Lions Den, when all we see is darkness, and our problems.
It’s obvious where our story comes from. Daniel was a righteous man in Gods eyes. And in chapter 6 we see that he was a man of prayer. But yet somehow, he was still managed to be thrown in the Lions Den. Why would God allow such a thing? That question will be answered later. But as we look at Daniel’s story the first thing we automatically assume, is that it was Daniels prayers and faith that saved him. But sometimes that still isn’t enough. Anyone can have faith that God will save them, but faith alone will not cut it. Anyone can pray for God to save them, but like faith, prayers alone will not work.
How DID Daniel survive the lions den? His story is found in Daniel 6:1-28
- Obviously Faith and Prayer did have a part in it. You see Daniel loved God and prayed with Him daily. It gave that personal connection with God. Something that Christians lack today. A direct communication with the Almighty. Even while Daniel suffered a good bit, He didn’t give up on God, he still prayed.
- In Daniel 6:20 it says “And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” This tells us that Daniel didn’t just pray, but he served God continually. So many Christians think that we can do anything we want to on this earth and still think God will protect us from harm. But we must serve God in all that we do to survive this lions den. This includes: Prayer, Bible reading, ministry work, worship Him in spirit and truth, share the gospel, obey His commandments, etc. And not just on Sunday or twice a week but continually!
- Daniel 6:22 says “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” Take a look at the bold in that verse. God found Daniel innocent. Not of the law that the king made, but of God’s law. God looked at Daniel and found innocence. Daniel was without sin, and was a righteous man of God. This tells us that Daniel was sanctified. To make our petitions known before the Omnipotent God, we have to wash our sins off of our lives, get rid of the filth that we keep locked up inside of us and be sanctified. God wants us to be pure and holy.
- The latter part of that verse says “And also before thee, O King, have i done no hurt.” Sometimes the people in our lives are the source of our problems. But instead of retaliation, show them love and longsuffering. Because the bible tells us in Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” So let us make sure that we don’t have quarrel with our neighbors before wondering where God is.
- The last thing, is found in verse 23. “Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of harm was found upon him, because he believed in his God.“ Ok, let us get the record straight. This is not the same as having faith that God will deliver you. Daniel Believed in God. He knew who God was, and he knew God loved him. He knew God would not allow him harm because he was innocent. He didn’t doubt for a second God didn’t hear his prayers. He didn’t doubt for a minute that God hadn’t left his side. He knew God was all powerful, He knew, God was with him, even in the darkest place of his life. But not only that, the bible says he believed in his God. It was a personal and intimate relationship between a man and his God. And that is the very thing that Christians forget. We remember the story of Daniel, how he prayed his way through the lions den and when we apply it to our lives today, we forget to believe in our God. Our Savior, our Friend, our Father, our Fortress, our Refuge. You could almost say that believing in God is knowing who He is intimately.
It is when we Pray, have faith, serve God and others, be found innocent and believe in God while having a relationship with him, that we are saved from the Dark days of our lives. That we are saved from The Lions Den.
Psalms 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…”
Daniel 6:27 “He delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”