Trusting God in the Lion's Den
Corrie Ten Boom was at the Nazi death camp Ravensbruck where roll came at 4:30a.m. Every morning. Most mornings were cold and sometimes the women would be forced to stand without moving for hours in the bone-chilling pre-dawn darkness.
Nearby, were the punishment barracks where all day and far into the night would come the sounds of cruelty. Blows landing in regular rhythm and screams keeping pace.
But Corrie and her sister Betsy had a Bible, and at every opportunity they would gather the women together like the orphans around a blazing fire and read Romans 8:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Corrie later said "I would look about us as Betsy read, watching the light leap from face to face.
More than conquerors. It was not a wish. It was a fact. We knew it. We experienced it minute by minute in an ever-widening circle of help and hope.
Life at Ravensbruck took place on two separate levels. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible.
The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory. You know even in the midst of the worst circumstances, the word of God can calm a heart that is shaken by the evils from outside that threaten to destroy us.
Friend this is the story of Daniel in the lion's den. Daniel in the lion's den is one of the dramatic incidents recorded in the Bible. The lessons are very clear. We are given a challenge to stand firm in a time of testing and trial.
And Daniel did just that. He was faithful to and he had a reputation that he loved the Lord. He had a reputation that he was a praying man.
Also we have here a marvelous lesson on the power of prayer. Prayer is a key to the unshakeable life lived by Daniel.
Daniel in the presence of all this strife realized he needed to communicate with God and depend on God through this seemingly impossible situation.
Someone once said "Daniel would rather spend the night with the lions than to miss a day in prayer. What keeps us from prayer? We let TV, People and Schedules stop us. If it was a Lions Den we would say no problem Lions Den I'll stop praying. Not Daniel!
Daniel was a man committed to prayer.
And there is prophetic picture of the protection that God will give to His faithful people at the end of the age.
We also learn from the story that there is a present help and enabling that God gives to His people in the test of testing.
Let's look at Daniel in the Lion's Den.
I. THE DANGER THAT THREATENED DANIEL
Daniel so impressed the king that the king was going to place him over the whole kingdom as stated in verse 3.
This upset a few of the Administrators and leaders so much, that in verse 4 they wanted to find some grou ...
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