Daniel was a righteous man in the sight of God and so God never forsook him.
When we read the bible, we sometimes get amazed at some of the miracles that happened in the days of ancient believers. God really worked with them.The God of Abraham, the God of Issac and the God of Jacob(Israel) is the same God today and forever more.Amen.Many of us Christians have heard of Daniel who showed great faith in God with fear.Daniel was then called Belteshazzhar,he lived in the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar.God manifested his name through him in many ways,but in this particular article I will talk about how God saved Daniel from the jaws of the hungry lions.He was a captive in ancient babylon.The story of Daniel and how he escaped from the lions is in Daniel chapter 6 ongoing.
Daniel was someone who feared God and from his righteousness God blessed him with wisdom to the extend of explaining dreams.King Nebuchadnezzar had a mesmerizing dream and when he woke up,he had already forgotten his dream. This made him assemble all his counsellors, princes, wise men and sorcerers to remind him the dream he had in the night.All these people couldn’t remind him.The sorcerers said to King Nebuchadnezzar to say the dream and they will explain to him but the King insisted that they should remind him the dream and interpret it for him as well. The king was in deep trouble, who could save him from the mesmerizing dream.God revealed the meaning of the Dream to Daniel so Daniel reminded the King the dream he had and explained the meaning as well.
Fast forward, when Daniel impressed the king, he gained a higher place in the kingdom;this made a lot of people jealous and so they resented in many ways. They tried to seek every means possible to destroy him.
After the demise of King Nebuchadnezzar,King Belshazzar inherited the kingdom and he violated the sacred golden vessel of God.This golden vessel or cup was not to be used anyhow but because of arrogance he used the cup to drink wine,celebrated with his cuncubines.Belshazzar has defiled the holy cup so a finger came to write something on the wall.This stroke fear in the King. Daniel interpreted the writings perfectly. The meaning of that strange thing from God indicated the end of Belshazzar because he had defiled the golden vessel of God despite all the advise Daniel gave him to refrain from it.
This brought jealousy on the part of the wise men,princess,counselors and sorcerers in the kingdom.
The jealousy intensified so they sought every means possible to destroy him.Daniel became the overseer in the Kingdom. This made the presidents and the princes develop hatred against him,they sought to trap Daniel into destruction but they couldn’t get any charges against him.Then finally they decided to break the relationship between Daniel and his God, because they knew Daniel has been faithful to his God,he prays three times a day.They conspired to kill him if he disobeys their next scheme. This time around they polluted the mind of King Darius to set up a decree that for 30 days no one should pray nor worship any other God except giving reverence to the statue of King Darius, and whoever breaks the decree is to be thrown into the lions’ den.(Daniel 6:7).
Hold and behold, Daniel was still praying to his God because he had a lot of faith in him.He is the same God who delivered his friends:Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the flames of fire so their conspiracies didn’t scare him.
These haters monitored Daniel and caught him praying to his God.In fact King Darius became very sad because he knew Daniel was a righteous man but he had already signed the decree, he tried to find any legal means to reverse it but it was too late.The enemies of Daniel rejoiced and to apply the laws appropriately,they sent Daniel to the lions’ den,the lions were hungry already and waiting for someone to consume.
Night passed and early in the morning King Darius went close to the den.Let’s read how he talked to Daniel from the bible.You can find this very verse in Daniel 6:20.
“And when he came to the den,he cried out with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king speak and said unto Daniel, O Daniel servant of the living God ,is thy God whom thou servest continually,able to deliver thee from the lions?.
In verse 22, Daniel responded by explaining how the living God saved him from the jaws of the living God;
“My God hath sent his angel and has shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me;forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me, and before thee,O king, have I done no hurt.
Hallelujah!, let us study the above verse very well. If you are a Christian and you find yourself in the hands of your enemies like Daniel, never and never again give up on God,let your faith increase; faith increases by reading his word,pray often and believe that God has made it.Amen.
So after God saved Daniel from the jaws of the hungry lions, what happened to those who plotted against him?Before I talk about them,the king sent a message to all inhabitants on earth;
“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel:for he is the living God ,and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end”(Daniel 6:26).
King Darius praised the God of Daniel and proclaimed his greatness to all nations.Christians today should also know that our God is a living God,he never changes and has not stopped performing wonders. Have faith in him always and your miracles will happen right in front of you and your enemies.
In verse 24, the bible says;those who conspired against Daniel had the consequences of their hatred against Daniel.They were thrown into the lions’ den together with their families.
“And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,them,their children and their wives; and the lions had mastery of them and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the button of the den”.
May God destroy all those who conspire against you in the name of God. Amen.I hope this article has inspired you enough to have faith in God,no matter your circumstances, just trust him.Click share to inspire someone today,let the world know that God lives.I would be glad to read your comments, contributions and feedbacks.