Although the King loved Daniel, the other governors disliked him. They wanted him gone and tricked the king into making a law that would get Daniel in trouble because of His love of God. Wow, corruption in politics has been since the beginning! Sounds a lot like laws that are being established right now. Laws that get the ones who love God in trouble. The longer that I live the more I understand in Ecclesiastes where it says there is nothing new under the sun. The devil uses the same tricks over and over to devour the people of God.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The devil roams around looking, but if he can’t find anything in you to use as an attack. He has no case. Even when He tries, God is greater, He is bigger, and He is sure to deliver His people out of trouble.
So Daniel continued to pray to God in plain sight, even though the law forbids him to do so. Like always, Daniel loved God too much to conform to the governments evil ways. He made a choice to follow God’s laws over man. He was, of course, caught praying by the other governors. The king was forced to follow the law, and throw him into the lion’s den. The king fasted and couldn’t sleep because of this. He returned to the den in the morning with hope that the living God that Daniel serves would deliver him. He called out to Daniel and Daniel answered.
22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” 23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
God is with those that are bold enough to stand up against the Babylonian system. God’s truth will always prevail over the wicked adversary. We believers must no longer be afraid of the laws of man, but fear God to the point of rejection of any wicked laws that would try to destroy us. We might be thrown in the den with the lions that want to open their mouths against us. They may slander, backbite, and try to devour, but if we stand strong in faith that God is our deliverer, He will not put us to shame. In fact, He will prove Himself through us. He will make the people in authority Fear Him and change the laws in His favor.
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
For He is the living God,
And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Daniels, our examples of boldness will lead our nation back to the fear of the Lord. They will see that He works signs and wonders and realize that His kingdom cannot be destroyed.
It is time to resist the lie that we can’t take action. God is waiting on us to do something that will usher in His power that He may release His glory over us and the cities that we dwell. We can no longer be silent, passive, and afraid. We must emerge and take back dominion. We are the repairers of the breach. God is with us. What is God telling you to do that may seem to go against the world view system? Time to put a plan in action! God will make all the rulers of places of influence pay attention.
Father, we thank You that You are a deliverer. We thank You that Your character never changes and Your kingdom is everlasting. Forgive us for fearing man more than we fear You. Give us courage, boldness, and wisdom to take on the ruling wicked powers in places of influence. Put us in places of government. Let the prophets have Influence and access into the ears and hearts of kings. Let our voices have the life giving force of your breath. Help us speak life and expose all of the wicked doings in dark places. Prove Yourself through us and let all see how great is our God. Do it for Your glory. Let all the nations praise You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!