Facing a lions' den today? Sure, we all are in a manner of speaking. Our den of lions may not be a danger to life and limb as the prophet Daniel faced, but that den desires our destruction in much the same way. For behind our problems and challenges both large and small is our Adversary, the Devil, stalking about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. As you go forth to face those roaring fears this morning, remember the words of King Darius, "Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you." (Dan 6:16)
This was not open to Daniel's interpretation as we might think. "Well, I would like to serve God continually, but there was that sin over there, and I don't always think of others first, and my service is just not really up to scratch." Daniel probably faced similar doubts, but we hear not a word from him. No, this was a royal decree, an imputation of righteousness from God, spoken by the king, and a promise of salvation based on God's work alone. Beginning to sound a bit familiar maybe? The king said, "You serve God continually and He will save you." Period, not open to discussion. We face that very thing this day.
Sin, it's a real lions' den, but God has given us right standing with Him by His Son, Jesus Christ. God has promised to deliver us from this world and from the punishment our sin deserves. He has done it; at the cross He stated "It is finished!" Saved by the blood of the Lamb! Now, as the King has decreed, let us with good courage face that lions' den this week.Yours in Christ,