Wednesday, August 17, 2011

what is your lion?

Long before Daniel faced the horror of the lion's den he made some choices.  The choices he made were not easy, but they affected much of his life.  Daniel chose to serve and worship God even when the king said that everyone had to worship the king.  In fact, the king loved Daniel.  He was respected because of being a young leader and some of the highest quality of the people that had been captured.

Yet daniel went against the orders of the leaders of his day.  That landed him in the lion's den.  Not a proverbial lion's den.  Those were the fanged, long hair, sharp claw man eaters that would tear apart their enemies.

Daniel stood his ground and was thrown into the lion's den.  What happened next was not what others expected although Daniel expected God to intervene.

Daniel 6:20-22 NLT

When he got there, he called out in anguish, "Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?" 21 Daniel answered, "Long live the king!  22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty."

Here are a few points that I learned from this story.

First, the king knew about God.  Daniel knew God.  Daniel believed what God said and was willing to take risks to follow God.

Second, the lions were small compared to God.  I can picture those lions as the king looked into the den.  They might have been resting their heads on Daniel's lap as he stroked their fur.  Might be.  But Daniel was safe.  He trusted God.

Third, Daniel was tempted to give in to outside pressure.  He could have been quiet or hid his worship or God so he wouldn't get in to trouble.  But Daniel was bold as we ought to be.  God says we are to confess Him before the world.

Fourth, it takes risk to follow God and to see miracles.  Daniel had a miracle happen to him.  He knew God would honor his obedience.  God will honor ours as well.

So, what is your lion?  What are you facing that is big or leaving you trembling?  Is what you fear bigger than God?  Make some choices today that will impact your life tomorrow and beyond.  Trust God.  When we trust and follow God, He will honor us with protecting us from lions and so much more.  What is you lion?

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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