As I have continued studying the book of Daniel, using Beth Moore’s workbook and video, I am amazed at how much more I am learning about God and His protection of us. I think often times we don’t see how He has protected us, perhaps moment-by-moment.
Take Daniel in the Lion’s Den. This is a story we have all probably heard many times. We love the happy ending – the angel shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel was not harmed. It must have been a terrifying night for Daniel, sitting so close to the lions.
We’re all living in a lion’s den to some extent. Consider 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Sometimes we may feel like we are in a lion’s den, but God is close. We may not be able to see Him, He’s sent His angel to shut the mouth of the lion, even if we can’t see Him.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Samuel 22:3-4
My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.
We may feel like we are spending a terrifying night in the lion’s den, (or maybe a long season of time) but we are not seeing the work God is doing in our behalf – shutting the mouth of the lion.
May you feel God’s Peace.
Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy, by Beth Moore, Lifeway Publishing, Nashville, TN, 2006
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