Daniel in the lions’ den
14 Then when the king heard the news, he was very displeased, and on Daniel set his heart free him; and even the sunset worked to save him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said, You know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict nor statute which the king establishes may be changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king said to Daniel, Your God, whom you serve continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords; that concerning Daniel might not be changed:
18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and they have not been brought to their instruments of music, and ran away from him sleep.
19 Then the king arose early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice Daniel; And the king said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, would be the case that your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever!
22 My God sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because it was found innocent before him; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded to take Daniel out of the den. So Daniel was taken out of the den, and no injury was found in him at all, because he had trusted in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast into the den of lions, them, their children and their wives; and they had not yet reached the bottom of the pit when the lions overpowered them, and crumbled all their bones.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; because it is the living God, enduring forever; and his kingdom will never be destroyed; his dominion shall be to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth; who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 This Daniel therefore prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel 6: 14-28
Because of faith, the fear of God and the good life that led Daniel he was the victim of a terrible persecution. Greed, envy and jealousy of those who persecuted and wanted to see its end caused him to fall into a terrible snare and because of this the innocent Daniel was unjustly punished.
Which of us has never been unjustly persecuted and maligned because of our faith in our Living God Almighty. Which of us ever heard a colleague say that we were strange and weird why we did not do the same things as them? Which of us has never been rejected by co-workers or school because we were not on wheels chat mocking this or that colleagues and gossiping and intrigue? Which of us has not already been ridiculed for not getting committing all sorts of sin with thoughts and words? When it did not happen worse.
How many times we left because we have the gift of the fear of God in our hearts and try to walk the straight paths of justice, righteousness, holiness, honesty and loyalty to our God of Love. The same thing happened with Daniel, a young and righteous servant of God.
Daniel was thrown into the den of lions, Daniel was placed in a hole in which the only way out was capped by a huge rock. Daniel was dead. Daniel was surrounded by wild beasts. Daniel was being watched by wild animals that the slightest movement could make mincemeat of him.
And we? Which of us has never been a dead hole where we looked sideways and saw no way out and no hope to get out? How many of us have seen ourselves surrounded by our enemies who wanted at all costs to finish us. That was exactly what was happening to the young Daniel.
Let us learn from the blessed and persevering Daniel what we have to do when we meet in a hole with no way out and surrounded by our enemies who are the beasts of this world of sin, injustice and wickedness.
We can observe the word of God that the young Daniel did not murmur nor complain. Daniel knew that the God in whom he trusted would free him from his enemies, because he always walked beside God with sincerity of heart, humility, fear and loyalty. So Daniel did not despair. Daniel did not panic nor discouraged. He simply trusted his life in the hands of our loving God.
Daniel knew that during that terrible ordeal he would not be alone and abandoned. Deep in his heart he knew that the living God, strong, loyal that fulfilled all its promises in his life would not let it fall into the hands of his enemies. Daniel knew that no matter how long it was going there in that grave beside those beasts. What he had at heart was certainly unshakeable confidence that the Almighty God would remove him unharmed, both the hole as from the clutches of his enemies.
That's the wonderful faith we should have when things are not good for us. When the animal is taking, when things go black we have in our hearts that unshakable faith in our Almighty God because at the right time, and in an extraordinary way, He will give us a fantastic victory.
God is faithful! Our faith in our God the Father in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of God will never be disappointed. With the young Daniel was no different.
Glory to God!
Daniel faced that long, dark night. He was surrounded by his enemies, but he was anointed and protected by God Most High, and therefore he received the protective company, saving and consoling the Angel of the Lord.
Daniel was wonderfully protected by the angel of the Lord who camped beside him and did not allow their enemies to approach him and they did not harm him. Daniel trusted in the Lord and he was not disappointed. The ordeal had been huge, but Daniel had faith and handed all this adverse situation to the Lord and as God is not a man to lie, He delivered the young hole Daniel where he was and even gave the boy enemies so that they deserved.
Daniel's enemies have paid high price for not having the fear of God and pursued a servant of the Lord. They allowed themselves to be dominated by greed, envy, jealousy and because of that they have fallen before their sins.
The same thing will happen to us. The face of adversity, persecution, depression, holes and beasts of life, we must never despair. No matter the size of the beast, width, length and not the depth of the hole, we burn in our hearts the certainty that our living God, Strong and Powerful will deliver us and then will make us triumph before our enemies. Amen!
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of God will be glorified in our triumph. Our enemies, those who can resist, to see that there will not be bored and not even challenges our God, Vivid, Strong and Mighty. And that too, does not move never with any of God's servants without experience the tough, fair and strong arm of justice of our merciful God. Hallelujah! Glory to God!
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all honor and glory and power yesterday, today and forever! Amen!