Updated: Feb 23
Daniel was in a predicament. He had been framed by a group of jealous princes in ancient Babylon. (Spoiler alert- they didn't realize the trap they were setting would eventually spring on them.)
King Darius foolishly decreed only he could be petitioned for thirty days.
The law set by a king of the Medes and Persians could not be altered. Anyone disobeying this law would be thrown into a den of lions. Daniel could either obey the law of the land or obey the law of a higher Kingdom. He wisely obeyed the God of Heaven, and continued to pray to God three times a day (in front of an open window).
There was a cost for his allegiance. That
very night, Daniel was thrown into a den of (most likely hungry) lions.
King Darius realized he had been tricked by his advisors and said something simply profound to Daniel. "Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you".
The king spent the night fasting and (I presume) asking God to rescue Daniel. In the morning King Darius came to the den and cried out (in a lamentable voice), "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continuously, able to deliver you from the lions?" He must have rejoiced to hear Daniel call out, "...My God has sent His angel, and has shut the lions' mouths...".
Daniel could have been killed, but courageously faced the lions, knowing he was in God's hands.
When you face lions in your life please don't back down. God is more than able to deliver you...even from death. If he chooses not to, your life will continue in eternity. Either way you win and God is glorified.
King Darius then proclaimed throughout His Kingdom that God is the living God and His Kingdom will never be destroyed. He is steadfast forever. His Dominion shall be unto the end. God delivers, rescues, works signs and wonders in Heaven and in Earth (Daniel 6). I know the lions can look incredibly mean and extremely hungry. It really does look like you will be eaten up...BUT...God delivered Daniel from the power of the lions and He can deliver you. Trust Him. He loves you. Blessings, beloved child of God.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he will devour. Whom resist, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." 1 Peter 5:8-9