The king did not sleep at all that night. Meanwhile in the lion’s den…
I could well imagine that there were a lot of snores that were coming from a corner of the den. Of course, you do know that this would have been the corner where Daniel was. Continue to imagine with me. If we were to take a walk around the den, there was probably a poster that said, “HERE BE LIONS”. In the other corner, a group of lions would be resting together. After all, they couldn’t do anything else at the moment because they are forbidden to eat him.
Back here in the real world, we can acknowledge that there was a reason that Daniel was able to rest comfortably. There was Daniel’s trust in God but what could prevent a pride of lions not to eat a man when they had been starved for a while?
The next morning, filled with anxiety and hope the King called down into the den, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve so loyally, saved you from the lions?” (Dan 6:20, MSG) What a question! What a night! Imagine his relief and joy I’m sure when he heard the echo of an answer back from the den. “O king, live forever!” said Daniel. “My God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me. I’ve been found innocent before God and also before you, O king. I’ve done nothing to harm you” (Dan 6:21-22, MSG)
Daniel did not need to worry about how many lions were in the den or if they were going to eat him. His confidence was in the Lord Jesus Christ and what he could do.
Today, be confident in the fact that you and I have a God who is invested in the battles that we face in this life. He is always ready to fight on our behalf. “Strap Your sword on Your thigh, O mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth and humility and righteousness; let Your right hand guide You to awesome things.(Psalm 45:3-4, AMP)
God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths. The book of Revelation records the fact that Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” (Rev 5, KJV) Those lions had to submit to a Lion who had the ultimate authority than they did because he was their Creator.
The enemy is not in charge of your life. Once you asked Jesus Christ to come into your life and be Lord, then God is, by virtue of the Blood of Jesus. Jeremiah tells us that God knows the plans that he has for us. They are not just any old plans. They are good plans for you. God wants to assure you that you have a bright future. (Jer 29:11, NIV) Declare over your life today that God has good plans for you. Declare also, that no matter what report the enemy has tried to declare over your life that you shall not die but you will live to declare the works of the Lord. (Psalm 118:17, KJV) Remember that God has a plan and a purpose for your life and you have been commissioned to be alive in this time to carry out that plan.