Scripture – Daniel 6:16-18
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.
Darius had gotten himself into a bit of a pickle. He wanted to make Daniel the Prime Minister of Babylonia because he trusted his character and his skill so greatly. However, he was easily tempted by his pride to agree to an edict that would condemn to death everyone who prayed to anyone or anything other than himself for a month.
When he realized he had been trapped by his pride, making this edict into law which could not be repealed, he had no one else to turn to except God himself. He prayed and asked God to rescue Daniel from the mouth of the lions because his hands were tied in the law that came from his personal pride. He couldn’t eat. He couldn’t sleep. He anxiously waited for morning to come in vain hope that Daniel would somehow be saved.
God came through. An angel was sent and shut up the mouths of the lions.
What was meant to rid God from the Babylonian kingdom actually ended up in Darius issuing a decree that in every part of his kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
1. Flee from pride. It will only lead to being trapped. Being humbled is a promise. The question is how painful is it going to be?
2. Don’t be afraid of the devil. No matter what the enemy means for evil, for pain, for hurt, in the end God will use for his glory.
Father, you are the living God and you will live forever. Your kingdom will never be destroyed and your dominion will never end. Thank you for your word and for the accounts of your will being done despite the pride of men and the evil schemes of the devil. You rescue and you save. You perform signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. Please work in every area of my life and in the life of my family and friends. Keep even the whiff of pride far far from me and do not let me fear but trust that you are going to be glorified even in the hardest of circumstances. You are my everything. Thank you for making me everything to you. In Jesus’ name.