God’s Rescue and Deliverance (Daniel 6)

 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 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.”

23 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.

24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land:

“May you prosper greatly!

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Learn it:

            Daniel is a faithful servant to God.  His always are always fixed on Jerusalem when he prays.  Not only is his prayer life strong but even in his job responsibilities he has complete integrity.  The king recognized Daniel’s work ethic and raised him to one of the highest places of power.  This would have upset people because Daniel was a captive.  His loyalties would have been questioned. 

The only way his enemies could bring him down was to create a law that would contradict Daniel’s faith.  When the king made this new law, he did it not thinking of the consequences it may have on Daniel.  When Daniel’s enemies brought up the charges against him it grieved the king greatly.  He could find no way to free Daniel because the law was iron clad.  From the world’s perspective Daniel’s fate was sealed and he was going to die. 

Daniel is thrown in the lion’s den and a long night ensues for the king.  In the morning he rushes down and finds that Daniel is still alive!  Daniel is found to be innocent and the king kills those responsible for going after Daniel.  Then the king issues a decree for everyone to recognize the power and authority of the God of Israel.  He has an eternal kingdom and has power over all things. 

Live it:

            We must never waver in our allegiance to worshipping God.  He will always be there for us.  No matter what man’s law may tell us what to do we should continue to seek after God.  I pray that we would be able to have that boldness in our day to day lives.  God can get us through any difficult situation.  He will provide for us.  He will protect us.  All he wants is faithful followers.  How can you pursue God today?  How can you seek His kingdom and give Him glory? 

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