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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Some events recorded in the Bible stand out and are easily remembered because of
the vivid picture they imprint in one’s mind. Daniel in the Lions den is
one of them.
In Daniel 6, the king who admired Daniel was hoodwinked
into a plot to kill Daniel. He had no choice but to follow through on his
command. But he hoped Daniel’s God would save him. Daniel 6:16
reads: “The king said to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you serve continually,
When God saved Daniel the king issued a decree that “in
every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.”
That’s the power of one life wholly dedicated to and dependent upon God.
Earlier in chapter 6 it says that those who opposed
Daniel “tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of
government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no
corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt or negligent.”
They concluded, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man
Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
They expected Daniel would not fail in his devotion to
God. They were so convinced they devised a scheme to entrap Daniel because
of his faithfulness to God. Knowing he prayed regularly they coerced the
king to decree that anyone who prayed to any god or man except him would be
thrown into the lion’s den. They knew Daniel would not compromise.
Daniel found strength through prayer to live and serve
in an uncompromising way. We too can find strength the same way.