Daniel 6:16 and 22-23
So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you…My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Written by: Marshall King
Have you ever been faced with a situation that resulted in you giving in to something rather than standing your ground and being obedient to God? Most of us have or will at some time in our lives. It is often referred to as peer pressure; doing something you normally would not do in order to fit in or to be accepted. Giving in to the peer pressure can result in guilt, regret, embarrassment, or even fear.
Jesus was tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11). In all three of Satan’s tests or temptations, Jesus refrained from giving in. In Satan’s final temptation, he took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed Him all of the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. Satan told Jesus, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus rebuked him saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then Satan left him, and the angels came and attended Jesus.
Another example is Daniel. He was a man of God, praying regularly to Him. When faced with King Darius’ written decree that anyone who prayed to any god or man during the next 30 days, except to King Darius, shall be thrown in the lions’ den, Daniel refused to follow the decree. Daniel was not afraid of what might happen to him if he failed to obey King Darius’ decree. Instead, three times every day, Daniel got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before the decree (Daniel 6:10). Because of Daniel’s faith, obedience, and spiritual discipline of praying regularly, He was able to trust God to protect and provide for him in the face of his present trial.
Thought of the day: If you were faced with a similar situation, what would you do? Peter told Jesus that he would never deny that he knew Jesus, yet he ultimately denied on three different occasions that he knew and was a follower of Jesus. What is your response when someone asks if you are a Christian? Would your answer change if you faced being killed for being a follower of Jesus? It is the test that we all would want to pass, but never want to take. In Luke 9:26 Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are my rock and my salvation. You alone are worthy of all my praise and worship. Father, during times of doubt or fear, restore my mind and my soul to trust You completely. In the midst of my trials, remind me that the testing my faith develops perseverance and that perseverance must finish its work so that I may be [spiritually] mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1: 2-4). You are faithful, and I can trust You with my life. Through my faith, trust, and obedience, You are glorified. Amen.