Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|Daniel 6:1-28 KJV
(1) It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
(2) And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
(3) Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
(4) Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
(5) Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
(6) Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
(7) All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
(8) Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
(9) Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
(10) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
(11) Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
(12) Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
(13) Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
(14) Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
(15) Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
(16) Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
(17) And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
(18) Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
(19) Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
(20) And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
(21) Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
(22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
(23) Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
(24) 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 the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
(25) Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
(26) 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 stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
(27) He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
(28) So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
The most unwise council is found when people hate another or are jealous of another. There way of dealing with their jealousy is to use their power to destroy another. Despite the jealousy of unwise council of the king to make a law that would cause Daniel to be thrown into the lions pit, Daniel did not change is heart desire to worship and serve God daily by praying at his window. Daniel a man of faith guarded not his own life when it came to obeying God or honoring God has he purposed in his heart to do. Daniel is brought before the king and the king said your God will save you. Did the King really believe Daniel God would save him probably not, but he cast Daniel into the lions den anyway. He had no choice but to obey the law he had established unwisely, for he felt his law was superior by declaring it could not be changed.
As we approach Thanksgiving I begin to think of this story of the trial of Daniel and how as he approached the hole of the lions den, his faith still intact knowing whether he came out of the den or not he had obeyed the one that could destroy his soul and not the one who could only have him killed. That night in that den of lions, so dark and unable to see, but hear those lions breathing all around him. No doubt he wonder about if those lions would grow hungry at the smell of him, or had he seen the angels that shut the mouths of those lions shining bright around him. What it be, Daniel knew the protection of his God.
With the call of the king at the mouth of the hole where he thrown David he hollered down not sure if Daniel would be alive. Upon Daniels answer the king rejoiced in the God of Daniel and had him come forth from the lions den. The king then took the enemy and cast them into the den never to be heard from again, for the god of these men had no power to save their life from the lions or their soul from hell.
When faced with obedience to God the outcome is not always like Daniel. Yet when God desires to show His power against the enemies of faith in him, he moves in such away that even the enemy will be destroyed. Daniel no doubt found a reason to praise God in the mist of the storm. Did he sleep that night, we do not know, but we know the lions mouths were shut. He knew the power of His God in the mist of the lions den. He held his peace as dawn approach and Daniel cried out my God has saved me king and no hurt apon me. The king desired to worship a God that would save him from the lions den and his people. He declare the people of his nation worship the God of Daniel.
I know the power of Jesus name, in my own life and yet I think of these stories before Christ and know the power of my God reigns. The power of my God reigns in all the earth. The stories sound like fiction until you experience the power of God. We are not tempt the power of God as the king in this story did. Yet the power of God was challenged more then once in the book of Daniel. Yet, God power was proven to the enemy of God. Do you have the faith that it takes to believe in God that He will save you from your sins and not send you into the darkness of hell for eternity because of your faith in His Son Jesus? Do you believe in the saving power of God through faith?
Dear Heavenly Father your power is known to the enemy may it be shown and demonstrated to the enemy in the life of your children today. Strengthen your children on Lord. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
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Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 11:33 KJV
(33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,