We were out of town one weekend and visited a sister church, pastored by a good friend of ours. The message was very good and worth remembering. The text was from Daniel 6. We’re all probably familiar with the biblical story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den. Here are a few points to remember:
Don’t take a snapshot in the den and judge your life by it.
Our trials (“dens”) are seasons in our life. Seasons have an end, thankfully. The end of our season of infertility is deliverance. Hopefully, a baby!
I remember how dark the season was at times. I was in my den when I heard this message. You don’t always understand why you’re in the den. But most people, if not all, I have talked to who have gone through difficult trials are very thankful for them and wouldn’t even trade it for anything. How could they come out of the den thinking that way? Only Jesus.
I Peter 1:6-7 “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
Deliverance often demands a den.
I read a quote that said faith untested is not faith. This is one reason we may be going through this trial. God wants to show Himself strong to us as well as to those around us and deliver us.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” II Chronicles 16:9a
Give God a reason to deliver you.
To deliver: to produce the promised, desired, or expected results; to come through, make sure he delivers on his promise. (Webster’s)
What reasons can we give God? Daniel gave himself unto prayer. Even Darius encouraged Daniel to trust in God. We must also remember it is not about us, but about Him.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Daniel 6:26-27 describes God who “delivers his faithful servants from trouble and rescues them out of trouble; he works signs and wonders, quite above the utmost power of nature to effect, both in heaven and on earth, by which it appears that he is sovereign Lord of both. He has given a fresh proof of all this in delivering Daniel from the power of the lions. This miracle, and that of the delivering of the three children, were wrought in the eyes of the world, were seen, published, and attested by two of the greatest monarchs that ever were, and were illustrious confirmations of the first principles of religion.”
“Now unto HIM that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto HIM be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen!” Ephesians 3:20-21
Daniel’s account was triumphant. God performed a miracle and was glorified. Believe in the power of God. May God be glorified by our den.