By Mae Stallard
February 6, 2014
“My God hath 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 done any wrong before you, O King.” (Daniel 6:22)
Daniel’s life and ministry bridge the entire seventy-year period of Babylonian captivity. He was deported to Babylon when he was sixteen, and handpicked for government service. He became God’s prophetic mouthpiece to the gentile and Jewish world declaring God’s present and eternal purpose.
Daniel and his three friends were evidently born into noble Judean families and were “children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skilled in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science.”
The names and diets are changed in Babylon, so that they will lose their Jewish identification, but Daniel resolved that he would remain faithful to the Lord. He and his friends are granted wisdom and knowledge.
King Darius decided to name Daniel one of the three administrators over 120 princes, Daniel being number one. The other leaders were very jealous and tried to find grounds for charges against him. When they could find nothing against him, they decided that his love for the law of his God was the only way they could get Daniel in trouble.
They persuaded King Darius to sign a decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except the king, would be thrown into the lions’ den. The decree could not be altered—according to the laws of the Medes and Persians.
When Daniel learned of this decree, he went home and prayed three times daily, thanking God and asking of help. Although the king had to do as he had said, God sent an angel who shut the mouths of the lions, and then threw the men who had falsely accuse Daniel and their families into the den. We are allowed to see how God takes care of His own and He is still doing that today.
The story of Daniel is a good example,
Of how God takes care of His own,
Those who trust Him and are obedient,
For our sin He will not condone.
So help us heavenly Father,
To be faithful and true to you each day,
Knowing you will always be,
Just a prayer away.
Dear Father, we thank you and praise you that you are with us continually, and will never leave us or forsake us. We are so blessed, in Jesus name. Amen.