Shut the Lion’s Mouth

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His Angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him” – Daniel 6:21-22

In this familiar story of Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den, there are some profound parallels for our lives today. To begin with, Daniel lived in a culture that was openly hostile to his faith. In a similar way, our culture pressures us to not openly express our faith in Jesus. But instead of giving into the pressure, Daniel continued to boldly and publicly declare his faith in God. 

Daniel had enemies that resented the king’s favor in his life and so they kept looking for ways to accuse him. In the same way, have an enemy, the devil, that the Bible calls “the accuser of our brethren” (Rev. 12:10). Just like Daniel wasn’t afraid of his accusers, we also don’t need to be afraid of the Devil. The Bible promises us that we overcome the devil “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 10:11).

Finally, Daniel was thrown into a situation where the lion’s wanted to devour him. The Bible refers to Satan as “a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). We can have great confidence that just as God shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel, Jesus will shut the devil’s mouth for us. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are forgiven and innocent before God. None of the devil’s accusations will stick and he can do nothing to harm us.

Let’s be like Daniel and take a bold stand for Jesus and trust Him to protect us from all harm.
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