Daniel remained faithful to his powerful God despite the temptation to follow everyone else. This is an incredible story in Daniel 6. The new law that King Darius had been tricked into putting into practice meant that anyone who worshipped any god other than King Darius would be put to death. Daniel however, who continued to put his faith in the living God and not man, was caught and brought before King Darius who had no alternative but to put Daniel into the den with hungry and ferocious lions. Daniel 6 says…
Then the king returned to his palace and went to bed without dinner. He refused his usual entertainment and didn’t sleep all night. Very early the next morning he hurried out to the lions’ den and called out in anguish, “O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?”
Then he heard a voice! “Your Majesty, live forever!” It was Daniel! “My God has sent his angel,” he said, “to shut the lions’ mouths so that they can’t touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you.” The king was beside himself with joy and ordered Daniel lifted from the den. And not a scratch was found on him because he believed in his God.
Then the king issued a command to bring the men who had accused Daniel and throw them into the den along with their children and wives, and the lions leaped upon them and tore them apart before they even hit the bottom of the den.
Afterward King Darius wrote this message addressed to everyone in his empire: “Greetings! I decree that everyone shall tremble and fear before the God of Daniel in every part of my kingdom. For his God is the living, unchanging God whose kingdom shall never be destroyed and whose power shall never end. He delivers his people, preserving them from harm; he does great miracles in heaven and earth; it is he who delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:18-27, TLB.
How amazing that it is that God used Daniel’s story to remind us many years later just how powerful He is and how important it is that we put our trust in our powerful God. God will protect you too as you trust Him.