So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
Daniel answered, “O 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, O king.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:16-23
Even though the Persians had conquered Babylon, nothing had really changed for Daniel. Once again, his wisdom and anointing had so distinguished him that the Persian emperor wanted to appoint Daniel as one of the rulers over his whole kingdom.
Daniel’s fellow administrators had other plans for him, however. They knew Daniel was so committed to his God that he would never stop worshipping Him, no matter what it may cost.
In order to trap Daniel, they encouraged King Darius to set aside a thirty-day period throughout the kingdom in which he was the only being to whom people could pray. Despite the king’s decree, Daniel was unmoved.
Three times a day, with the windows of his palace opened wide, he would face Jerusalem and pray. When the other administrators found Daniel praying, they reported him to the king. Although King Darius loved Daniel, he had no choice but to condemn him to death in the lion’s den.
When the other administrators found Daniel praying, they reported him to the king. Although King Darius loved Daniel, he had no choice but to condemn him to death in the lion’s den.
As the guards escorted Daniel to his death, they were amazed at the tranquility radiating from his person. Unlike other condemned captives, Daniel neither pled nor attempted to escape. Some of the guards even noticed he seemed to smile as he prayed softly.
When they came to the mouth of the lion’s den, Daniel could hear the roars of the ferocious beasts below. Even as the guards picked him up, Daniel did not resist, for the presence of God was already flooding his soul. By the time he lay sprawled on the floor of the den, Daniel was not alone.
Where once there had been earsplitting roars, now there was only silence, for every one of the lions’ mouths had been sealed shut. Daniel felt Him before he saw Him; he knew he was in the presence of a heavenly being.
When Daniel finally opened his eyes, he saw a huge angel towering over him. Later that night, with the once savage lions curled up around him, he enjoyed a peaceful sleep.
Where once there had been earsplitting roars, now there was only silence, for every one of the lions’ mouths had been sealed shut.
Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the king. He had spent a sleepless night worrying over his trusted counselor and friend. Early the next morning, the king ran to the lion’s den. “Daniel,” he said in an anguished voice, “has the God you serve been able to deliver you?”
“Oh, king!” Daniel answered. “Because I was innocent in His sight, my King sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths!” The king was beside himself with joy.
When his guards had gently lifted Daniel from the lion’s den, they were stunned by his appearance; there was not even one scratch on Daniel’s body. They all realized Daniel’s faith had saved him.
Do you see it yet? No matter what type of pit the enemy has thrown you into, your God is well able to deliver you.
Do you see it yet? No matter what type of pit the enemy has thrown you into, your God is well able to deliver you. Furthermore, no matter what type of spiritual lion is threatening to consume you today, God can shut its mouth.
Some of you are being threatened by bankruptcy or some other type of financial peril. Others of you feel like you are being eaten alive by the sin preying on your soul. Whichever the case may be, the same God who sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths is with you today.
It doesn’t even matter if you’ve never met another Christian who has been delivered from what you’re facing. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God promises to always provide us with a way of escape.
No matter what type of spiritual lion is threatening to consume you today, God can shut its mouth.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I’m not innocent like Daniel was. Will God really deliver me?” If this is how you’re thinking, you’re underestimating the power of Christ’s precious blood. Even if your lion’s den was created by the consequences of your own sin, it does not matter. Your Mighty God is well able to forgive you and deliver you.
I’m not saying, however, that your deliverance will be immediate. Even Daniel had to spend the night in the lions’ den. Maybe that’s where you are right now. Although your problems have been silenced, you can still see their threatening forms all around you in the darkness of your den.
If this where you are, take heart. God is merely testing your faith. He wants to see if your faith is as strong in the presence of your enemies as it is in their absence.
As you pass this test, you will come out of your lion’s den with a new testimony before God and man.