August 30, 2017
Daniel answered, "May the king live forever! 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." Daniel 6:21-22
When you follow God, you'll have some enemies. Daniel did. Their jealousy led to a scheme to get rid of Daniel once and for all. They wrote an edict that prohibited the worship of God. The king signed the edict into law. I love what happens next.
When Daniel heard about the new law, you know what he did? He went to his home. Went straight upstairs to a room where the windows opened to Jerusalem. He got down on his knees and prayed to his God "just as he had done before" (v.10). The rest of the story is a Sunday school favorite. Daniel was thrown into a lions' den. But God shut the mouth of the hungry lions, and Daniel was lifted from the den without a scratch or wound "because he had trusted in his God" (v.23).
This well-known story teaches us about resolved obedience. Daniel was not willing to give in, regardless of the pressure, regardless of the danger. Daniel was committed to obey God no matter what. But lest you think Daniel was born a man of steel, check out what he was doing when the officials came to arrest him. Daniel was "praying and asking God for help" (v.11). It is always God who gives us the strength we need to do what He has called us to do. He gave that strength to Daniel; He will give the same strength to you.
Father, Daniel was human like me. Give me that same strength you gave Daniel. I want to live with the resolve that comes from trusting in You. In Jesus' name. Amen.