29th April 2021

Daniel in the lions’ den

So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of the lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel,  “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”
Daniel 6:16 (NKJV)

I would not be writing this if Daniel had been killed by the hungry lions. God protected him, but those lions killed his enemies as soon as they were thrown in the den. I had a personal incident in my own life, about twenty years ago, when my wife and I and some of her relatives were on a tour in South Africa. We headed to a reserve one day to see the lions roaming freely and indeed we came face to face with a pride of lions and lionesses and their cubs in their natural habitat. It was a thrilling experience, until unfortunately our car engine stalled. Panic settled in –  we sat very quietly for some time. I thought of King David and Samson killing lions bare-handed. Our driver tried to start the engine again and it revved, we gave a sigh of relief, and slowly we inched our way from those majestic animals and their loud roarings. When I was in Kenya, there were other occasions to see these lions roaming in open spaces, but without any mishap.

When our children were small, we visited zoos and showed them the kings of the jungle. They posed no danger because they were in secure cages. There were other animals and birds and reptiles of all kinds; it was a good experience for the children to see God’s wonderful creatures.

But let me warn you of a formidable and very powerful roaring lion whom we cannot see, but who is very real.This is the devil, who comes as an ‘angel of light’, and whom we must resist. His identity is found in 1 Peter 5:8: ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.’ James tells us to resist him and he will flee from us. Figuratively, the world is in the ‘den’ of the devil but we don’t have to fear because Christ, who is in us, is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4: 4).

Prayer
Our holy Father, I thank You for surrounding us with your grace and mercy and peace. Please send Jesus, the Lion of Judah, quickly, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Study by Natu Moti

 

About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
Birmingham
B23 7QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 1pm

Local congregational contact:
David Gibbs
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church