Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. – Daniel 6:23
Some days and some situations are just difficult – Single parents, unemployment, painful and debilitating health issues…the list could go on and on and on.
Today’s verse reminds me that we are not alone in our difficulties, and that God is still with us, loving us, and caring for us whether we caused the difficult situation or life thrust into the lion’s den. This is where we find hope. Hope in God, not to keep us out of the lion’s den, but to see us through it.
Daniel in the lion’s den is a famous story from the bible. Long story short, Daniel, while serving The Lord, has made enemies. Daniel’s enemies convince the king to issue and edict that no can pray to anyone for thirty days except to the king. When Daniel is arrested for praying, he’s thrown into a den of lions, and the den is sealed with a stone. The next morning, Daniel is still alive, untouched and unharmed by the lions.
This is our hope. It’s found in God’s love for us – Christ on the cross for us in spite of ourselves.
Hurt and heartache, danger and disaster will surely come, but I’m convinced we have a God who loves us through it, with a love that can’t be shaken or broken. (See Romans 8: 38-39)
Prayer: Lord, someone, somewhere, needs you now. They are in a difficult situation. I pray that you surround them with your presence and your love. See the through their living hell. Amen.