Totally Relying On God
By Carolyn Dale Newell
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.” Heb. 11:33 (NKJV)
Daniel, one of the unspoken heroes of the faith, exemplified great trust while enduring serious persecution. His story is not unlike that of many missionaries and Christians today who are being severely tortured and imprisoned solely because they are Christians. Presently in the United States, Christians are labeled as hateful and intolerant because they speak the truth of the Bible, God’s holy, inspired Word.
King Darius had promoted Daniel to one of the highest positions in the Babylonian government. Jealous of Daniel, the other government representatives, the satraps and governors, sought to find some indiscretion in him. (Dan. 6:4) They could not allow this man, who was a captive from Judah, to have a higher position than the ones they held. The Medes and Persians had a custom that made it impossible to revoke any law once the king signed off on it, making it official. With this knowledge, the satraps and governors secretly plotted to make a law that would implicate Daniel for praying to God. The penalty for prayer would be death, because he would be thrown into the lion’s den.
Aware of the law and its consequences, Daniel faithfully prayed as usual. Any time a government passes a law that contradicts the Bible, Christians must obey God and His holy Word. (Acts 4:17-21) Amazingly, Daniel did not pray for God to rescue him from his impending trouble, but gave thanks. (Dan. 6:10)
Thrilled that they had finally caught Daniel breaking a law, the satraps and governors hastily went to the king with the news. “The king . . . was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.” (Dan. 6:14, NKJV) The men reminded King Darius that he could not change the law, and much to his dismay, they quickly cast Daniel into the lions’ den. The troubled king told Daniel that the God he served would faithfully deliver him from the deadly jaws of the lions. Did King Darius really believe this, or was he anxiously clinging to one thread of hope? The king had a long, sleepless night because he was deeply concerned about Daniel down there with the lions. As morning dawned, he wasted no time getting to the den, where he cried out to Daniel, hoping to hear that God had delivered him. To the king’s delight, Daniel was alive! “. . . No injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” (Dan. 6:24, NKJV) Daniel believed in his God! He trusted God! Daniel relied on God, and God faithfully delivered him.
Are you in a lion’s den?
It may take the form of your health, or some emotional turmoil. Possibly your finances are a mess, or you have issues with your job. Perhaps you are facing persecution like Daniel. Whatever trial you are going through today, God already knows about it and is able to deliver you just like He did Daniel. Sometimes our hearts grow anxious, but we must totally trust God. We must be patient and rely on God for His timing, as Daniel did.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1, NKJV)
That is the kind of faith we need—not a “hope so” faith, but a “know so” faith. Friend, let us give thanks to God who is mighty to deliver us.
God didn’t remove Daniel from the Lion’s Den but instead, delivered him in the midst of them. What trial are you in the middle of that God is seeing you through?
Or are you still waiting to hear from God as you wade through a struggle in your life? Keep praying and keep searching God’s word for strength and help in your time of need.
Carolyn Dale Newell is a Christian wife, mom, and passionate writer. After losing most of her vision, she began writing devotions about God’s grace and strength to encourage people as they go through life’s struggles. She writes for Encouragement Café and Ask God Today Ministries, as well as Garlands of Grace eMagazine. Her devotional eBook, “In The Storm,” is available for free on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FOAAIIA and wherever eBooks are sold.
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