What Happened in the Lion’s Den?

So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lion’s den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” | Daniel 6:16

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel recently, and something has been standing out to me that I’ve never noticed before. While reading the story of Daniel and the lion’s den in Daniel chapter 6, I observed what’s interestingly missing from the story: any description of Daniel’s experience in the lion’s den.  

Not a word.

One hundred and fifty-three verses on his life before the lion’s den, and other than when Daniel tells the king that God had shut the mouths of the lions, there’s not another recorded word about the incident.  

Why?

After considering this question for a couple of days, here’s my thought:

Daniel’s courage and faith in the lion’s den
isn’t the point of the story.

Shutting the mouths of the lions was God’s thing. Once Daniel was thrown in the den, what could he have done to control the situation? Nothing.

Daniel’s courage and faith were shown in the way he lived before he was thrown to the lions. Daniel lived blamelessly and uprightly in a way that honored God in the land where he had been taken as a captive when he was young. We see a man who honored God when no one was watching, and who chose to do the right thing regardless of the consequences to himself.

Daniel’s enemies had to create a law forbidding prayer to anyone but the king to find a way to accuse him and get him thrown into the den of lions.

And yet Daniel prayed.
That’s real courage.
That’s real faith.

It was that courage and faith that set the stage for God to display His faithfulness in Daniel’s life.

Most of us want a lion’s den experience—maybe not the danger, but we want to see God do huge things in our lives. We want to see God come through for us in big ways, to display His glory on the stages of our lives.  

We really love when God accomplishes the seemingly impossible in us!

But most will never have the opportunity to prove God’s faithfulness in the lion’s den because they have not proven their faith in everyday life.

Don’t try to be like Daniel in the lions’ den. Be like Daniel who prayed every day and lived with integrity. Be like Daniel and serve God continually in every aspect of your life. Have the courage and faith to live in such a way that God has a platform to showcase His faithfulness in your life.

And then watch God do His thing in the lion’s den.

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