Daily Devotional

April 25, 2019

Out of the Lion’s Den

Daniel 6:23
“Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

Written by: James Rogers

There was a man in the Old Testament named Daniel. Throughout his whole life, Daniel chose to worship and trust God. Over time, God raised Daniel to power and prominence. He was even given incredible and accurate visions of the future, foreseeing the rise and fall of empires and the end of the world.

Then there is this point in the story when wicked men conspired to have Daniel killed. They tricked the King into establishing a law that would make praying to God illegal. Daniel kept praying and was eventually discovered. King Darius was forced to sentence Daniel to death in the lion’s’ den. As Daniel was lowered into the presence of full grown hungry lions, his trust in God remained and God protected him. When he emerged alive the next morning, King Darius celebrated and worshiped the one true God because he had preserved Daniel’s life.

God took a seemingly impossible situation and turned it for good. In response to Daniel’s faith and God’s faithfulness, others would come to worship God. In many ways, this story foreshadows an even greater story.

All of the Bible points to Jesus. The story of Daniel’s faith, God’s faithfulness, miraculous provision, and subsequent faith of the people is magnified in the story of Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life and was obedient even to the point of death on a cross for the sins of the world. In a seemingly impossible situation, God turned it for good. Death could not hold Him. Now the whole world can approach God through a relationship with Jesus. The lion’s den is a foreshadow to the tomb Jesus would be laid in and emerge from. Daniel is a foreshadow of Jesus. Jesus is the better Daniel. Daniel’s story ultimately is not about Daniel…it’s all about Jesus.

19-Devo-4.25Thought of the day: The main objective of life is not morality. It’s not about just being good. It’s about loving God and loving people. As a result, we become more like Jesus and we point others to God. Your story is not about you. It’s all about Jesus. Like Daniel, we are supposed to point others to the hope we have found in God.

Prayer: God, please help me to be wise about these things. Help me to live a life focused on loving You and pointing others to Jesus. Please be with me this week. Amen!


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