Daniel 6:16 “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”
Most of us are familiar with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. Many wonderful lessons are found in this chapter, but I would like to point out just a few.
Daniel did right without question, yet men still tried to destroy him. Just because you are doing right does not mean everyone will like it. The story does not say Daniel was a bad boss. There are no instances of Daniel’s injustice in dealing with these men. The simple fact was that they did not like Daniel being the one in charge. Leaders do not always make the right decisions. Leaders are sinful humans, and, at times, our leader’s mistakes will hurt us. Remember, God’s not dead. The flattering princes under the authority of Daniel came to the king and asked him to make a law that no one be able to pray to any God or man except to the king. Human arrogance and the love of attention brought the king to make a foolish choice. Daniel was going to be thrown into the lion’s den. vs. 7. Just because your leaders make a foolish decision does not mean they do not love you and that they do not regret the horrible choice they made. At times, the decision involves unwise spending, but at other times the situation may involve the use of liquor or drugs or a failure to care for some detail in life. We are all sinful. Keep believing in people. The king spent the night in fasting with a broken heart for the wrong he had done and the harm he caused Daniel because he cared for him. The king truly did care.
God was not absent. Those circumstances were dire, yet there was still a God in Heaven Who cared for Daniel. God knew Daniel’s situation was going to glorify His name through the difficulties that Daniel was facing. God delivered Daniel from the lions.
The Bible says much about forgiveness and mercy, but it also says “vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord.” Daniel did not need to get even with those men; God moved on the heart of the king, and the king took care of Daniel’s enemies.
The sorrows and difficulties the Old Testament saints had to deal with are wonderful lessons and reminders to each one of us today. May we be reminded that our sorrows and difficulties are modern-day lessons from which others may watch and learn.
-Pastor Bruce Goddard
Faith Baptist Church | Wildomar, CA