Safe in the Lions’ Den
God shows His power in the apparently impossible and hopeless crises of His faithful children who have even been found safe in the lions’ den.
Today’s reading: Daniel 5-6; 1 John 4
26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,
for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. 27 He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:26-28
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
God’s people down through history have been tested and oppressed by evil forces in this world as was predicted in Genesis 3:15. They are not always delivered from those trials, but, by God’s grace and power, they remain faithful to Him and are never overcome by them. [See also The Grand Narrative].
Daniel was set up by political opponents to be trapped in a dilemma. He resolved not to compromise his faith but to trust God to see him through the consequences of maintaining his practice of prayer. He was protected through a night in the lions’ den. King Darius saw the power of God and decreed that all should tremble and fear before Him.
John’s readers in the first century and beyond were reassured of God’s power in the face of opposing spiritual forces in the world. He called them “little children” perhaps because of his tender love for them but, probably, also because they were not spiritual giants. Nevertheless, he said they had overcome the false prophets, also called the spirit of antichrist and the spirit of error. Unlike those in the world, these little children did not listen to the false spirits.
Daniel prospered under the pagan kings. Those John addressed were victorious against the forces of spiritual darkness. Not all who are faithful prosper in this world, but all who are faithful know God’s faithfulness and the ultimate deliverance of what Darius called the kingdom that shall never be destroyed. Stay faithful and confident. You are safe in the lions’ den.