The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is one of the most famous in the entire Bible. Here is a quick overview of this story and how we can learn to have courage like Daniel in this modern-day Babylon.
*This blog post is a summary from Pastor Bobby’s sermon on 7/3/2022. You can find the sermon video below.
In Daniel 6, King Darius plans to set Daniel above the entire kingdom because he is the most distinguished official and “an excellent spirit is in him.” (v. 3) This intention sparks a conspiracy among the other high officials and they devise a strategy to take Daniel out. They realize that Daniel is a man of integrity and the only way to find a complaint against him is “in connection with the law of his God.” (v. 5)
These officials trick the king into signing a document that makes it illegal (and punishable by death) to pray to anyone but the king for the next 30 days. Daniel is fully aware of this new law, yet he goes to his room and prays toward Jerusalem three times a day, just as he has always done.
For this offense, Daniel is sentenced to a night in the lions’ den. King Darius is distraught over this and declares to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” (v. 16) The next day, the king goes to the den to see what has happened. Daniel is unharmed and tells him that God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths. King Darius is amazed and makes a decree that all people in his kingdom should tremble and fear the God of Daniel.
What gave Daniel the courage to face the lions’ den? Is this radical courage something we can cultivate in our own lives?
We can see in Daniel’s story that his courage came from his devotion to prayer, his life of integrity, and his trust in God. He spent time with the Lord daily and he was absolutely committed to that – even when the law of the land forbade it. He also trusted God completely and had even God miraculously rescue his friends from the fiery furnace. He knew that God had proven Himself again and again and he trusted in His faithfulness.
We can cultivate courage in our lives by following Daniel’s example. Here are some questions to ponder this week as we reflect on this message.
Mandy manages CFC’s social media presence. She started attending CFC in 2016. Mandy also serves on the Writing and Research Team for the Women’s Ministry and as a preschool teacher for Community Kids. She is grateful for the opportunity to combine her love of content creation with her desire to serve the Lord. Mandy lives in Lancaster with her husband, Ben, and their three girls: Elyse, Evelyn, and Ella.