I don’t know about you but I have never been thrown into an actual Lions' den. But I have been thrown into many situations and circumstances that I would never have chosen and had no way of getting out of. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Stay Alert! Watch out for your enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring Lion looking for someone to devour”. So the devil is like a Lion. We only have to read the news to see the havoc that he is causing. Terror attacks, abuse scandals on a gigantic scale and horrific crimes are sickeningly rife. It’s like we live in the Lions' den 24-7 and the devil is laughing. But….
The good news is that the Lion didn’t win in Daniel's story and he won’t win in yours either! There is a better day coming for those who follow Jesus.
Here’s 3 things we can do to survive in the Lions' Den.
1. Know God before you get thrown in.
"He prayed 3 times a day just as he had always done" - Daniel 6:10
Daniel knew God. Get to know God. If you want to get to know a person you spend time with them. We can do this by praying and reading the bible. My relationship with Jesus has kept me from despair when I’ve found myself thrown in the Lions' den.
2. Trust God.
"Not a scratch was found on him because he trusted in his God" - Daniel 6:23
Daniel trusted God. He wasn’t killed or hurt because he trusted God. Nothing you are facing is more powerful than the Holy Spirit within you. That alone helps me trust God. Just like the Lions did not have power over Daniel, no sickness or family breakdown or heartbreak is more powerful that God’s spirit in you.
1 John 4:4 - "He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world". So Daniel wasn’t really in the Lions' den, the Lions' were in Daniel's Den.
3. Read the end of the story.
"The King was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den" - Daniel 6:23
I love watching my favourite films again and again. There’s comfort in knowing the ending even though I’ve seen it a gazillion times before. The end to Daniels story is a good one for him and not so good for his enemies. King Darius lifts Daniel out of the Den and throws his enemies in, where they meet a nasty end. The end to your story is even better.
SPOILER ALERT… your King (Jesus) is coming to rescue you once and for all from the Lions' den and to defeat your enemy. Come on!!! Knowing the end to the whole of human history gives me so much peace. Our King really is coming.
Questions for reflection and Connect Groups…
- What is your Lions' den? (Situation that you are in that you didn’t choose but can’t get out of)
- How can you take steps to practically grow your relationship with God?
- How many ways is Daniel like Jesus in this chapter?