And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? – Dan. 6:20 KJV
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Despite the demonstration of greatness by the Sovereign God to Nebuchadnezzar for non-acknowledgement of His personality – Dan. 4:1-34, his son Belshazzar, still went ahead to dis-honour God by using utensils dedicated for the worship of the Almighty God in Jerusalem to drink and entertain his guests and praising the small gods of Babylon – Dan. 5:1-31. It was during this his partying and in his state of drunkenness that a hand appeared which wrote his judgement on the wall in a writing that no one could interpret except Daniel. This use of the gift of dream and vision interpretation was what further elevated Daniel to the position of the third ruler in Babylon, but King Belshazzar’s position was taken over by his son Darius that same night as he was slain as part of his judgement from the Lord for his act of dis-honour to the name of the Sovereign God.
It was from this position of being third in rank in Babylon that the King Darius appointed him as one of the three presiding Presidents, who were to run the affairs of State, and to whom another 120 Princes will be reporting to, in a major restructuring of the administrative system in Babylon. He was however the preferred President of the king as the Sovereign Lord had bestowed on him the Spirit of Excellence – Dan. 6:1-3. This definitely did not go down well with the other Presidents and the Princes who, probably wondering how a foreigner could come to occupy such an important position in their country, decided to set him up. Knowing that in all his activities and success achieved, Daniel never compromised the worship of his God, his acknowledgement of Him as the only one to be worshipped and his regular presentation of his petitions to Him, they felt they had a way of destroying his relationship with the king by deceiving the king to sign a decree barring anyone from making any form of petition to any other but the king within a 30-day period, with a penalty of death for whoever violated the decree – Dan. 6:4-10.
It was a decree that Daniel was always going to violate, and indeed it was not too long before he did just that to the sadness of the king, who was left with no choice than to implement his own law, if only to indicate that he had credibility and integrity. With pain in the heart of King Darius, Daniel was thrown into a Den of Lions, following his instructions, but he could not sleep all through the night. The king himself was the first to arrive at the Den at the break of dawn, as he had spent the entire night fasting and praying for his friend Daniel – Dan. 6:11-19. The scripture today was his communication to Daniel. In that scripture, he asked Daniel if the God whom he petitions everyday was able to save him and the voice of Daniel that rang out from the Den was sufficient to answer his question – Dan. 6:21-22. The events that followed were however very instructive:
1. Another command was given to bring him out, different from the one that was given to throw him into the Den, both commands made by the same but the now obviously happy king – Dan. 6:23.
2. His accusers were rounded up, but this time, together with there family members and thrown into the lions’ den and the lions did not hesitate to feast on them all – Dan. 6:24.
3. The same king issued another decree, this time, that in every dominion of his kingdom, men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel because He is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth – Dan. 6:25-27.
The Christian today need to always understand that submission to the Lord implies that God will use one for His personal glorification in a manner that He chooses. Willingness to submit to Him at all times especially during those not so good occasions is the proof of genuine submission to His Will. A Christian who has not experienced this kind of situation should know that the claim to being an adherent before God and men is yet to be proven. What you are presently going through may just be that test to prove your faithfulness to the Sovereign Lord with reference to what you have been professing – Jms. 1:2-4. If God has not been glorified in any situation in your life, then there will always be a question mark on your Christian claim. It is not sufficient to sing praises to Him continually. Your reaction in that situation that seems not justified, but for which there is sufficient evidence that the Sovereign Lord is aware of, matters a lot. The Bible says Daniel’s prosperity after this event transcended the reign of King Darius into the reign of King Cyrus. Let that situation bring glory to Him and you are assured of the type of intervention and reward that Daniel got for his faithfulness. May God grant us all the strength to remain standing during and after the test of our faith in Jesus name. Amen.