Do y’all know the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? In Daniel chapter 6, King Darius appoints a bunch of guys to help him rule and plans to put Daniel in charge of everything. The other guys don’t like this and try to set a trap for Daniel by getting the king to agree that everyone should only worship him for 30 days. Daniel instead goes to an open window in his home and begins praying to God for everyone to see just like he does every day. Well, unfortunately the King had put in writing that anyone who disobeyed the new law would be thrown into a den of lions and left to be devoured. With great anguish, the King went ahead with his decree, dropping Daniel into a pit of lions and placed a stone over the opening, hoping that Daniel’s God would rescue him, but not quite knowing what would happen to his trusted advisor.
This weekend I was reading that story, and doing a study on faith. Faith is belief in action. As I was studying, Sarah woke up from her nap, and I left in the middle of the lesson, completely forgetting about it…until last night. I’ve told y’all that God talks to me through dreams a lot. Last night was a good one! It’s no secret that Satan has been wreaking havoc through terrorists lately. People are afraid of Islam, Muslims, Syrians, refugees, you name it. Pretty soon we won’t be able to get out of the shower and put a towel around our hair for fear we might either get hurt, or offend someone, depending on your perspective of the situation. Anyway, last night’s dream started off with me traveling somewhere without Wesley or Sarah. I was alone, heading to visit a friend, when at the airport I was rallied through screams to stop a terrorist coming down the escalator at our destination city. While I did turn around to face him, I did not stop him from getting through. The dream goes on with lots more details of me trying to escape the situation, but ends up with me and about 10 other women being corralled by terrorist gunmen several stories up in an office building on an outdoor patio. There was no escape. Most of the women were crying hysterically, but one suggested we start singing a happy song to get our minds off of it. I quickly interjected saying that I would start the singing and immediately began shouting in a made up melody that Jesus Christ was my savior and protector. Jesus Christ is the One and Only. Christ is our salvation. He is our rescuer! He is the only way! As I got louder and louder I shut my eyes and kept singing, fully expecting that we would start getting shot one by one, but wanting to go out in worship. After a few minutes of this I opened my eyes to see all of the women crouched in a huddle on the ground with not a single terrorist in sight! The dream ended with me excitedly telling the women the gospel of Christ…and then I was interrupted by cries in the baby monitor at 6:30am.
Daniel’s story ended quite the same way. He stayed the night with the lions, and the next morning the king rushed over saying, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel replied, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.”
Is there something the Lord has asked you to step out and have faith in him for? Maybe it’s a terrorist attack you’re afraid of, or maybe it’s a move, or maybe you’re just afraid of tithing during December because there are Christmas presents and travel and that cute new purse that you saw on sale while you were Christmas shopping for other people that you really could use in your closet.
I’d like to give you two scriptures to wrap your heart and mind around:
1. Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
2. Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Oh, and that part about Daniel saying he was found innocent? If you’ve accepted Christ as your savior there’s good news! Your sins have been paid for. You have been found innocent too!
Go in faith! Happy Thanksgiving!