Perhaps, two of the most known biblical accounts occur in the book of Daniel. Whether we attended church or not, most people of my generation knew about Daniel and the three Hebrew boys, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The Fiery Furnance involves Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah which was observed in TRUST: When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. Now today, the second of those accounts, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, is why I am writing TRUST: God Shuts the Mouths of Lions.
Today, there aren’t too many kings nor are there too many places, if any, where they have a lion’s den where people are thrown to be devoured. Despite that, those two accounts serve as figurative landmarks for us to find our bearings as believers or seekers of Christ. The important factor is for us to glean from the accounts is TRUST: God Shuts the Mouths of Lions.
Let’s read and hear the account of Daniel being falsely accused and set up because of his exceptional service. Let us also see Daniel’s response in the face of the call to forsake worshiping and trusting God.
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom,2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps 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 nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”
16 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!”
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealedit with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
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, “May the 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, Your Majesty.”
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.
In the face of death, Daniel TRUSTed in God. I can only pray that I will have as much strength in such a situation. We all would like to think that we would have unwavering faith in the face of death. Whether we know it or not, we do face death every day. Romans 8 tells us “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long: We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us.” God was Daniel’s help in the lion’s den. God is our help in this den of life where satan, who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. That someone is you. That is why I am encouraging us to TRUST: God Shuts the Mouths of Lions.
By TRUSTing in his God, a number of results surfaced from Daniel being thrown in the lion’s den.
- God’s power to save was on full display for everyone to see
- God saved/rescued Daniel
- God gained glory for Himself by having Darius acknowledge who He is to Darius’ kingdom.
- God fought Daniel’s fight of those opposing him.
- God strengthened Daniels resolve to trust Him and not
- God retold the story of Daniels trust in Him for the benefit of others
I want God to use me out of my faith fight to bring glory to Himself, to strengthen my faith and to benefit others in their faith fight. One thing that will help me is to remember to TRUST: God Shuts the Mouths of Lions.