Lions Go Hungry
It doesn’t matter how dark the world around us may become in the coming days. It doesn’t matter how hard the devil tries to bring us down, if we’re steadfast, dependable and trustworthy—constantly serving the Lord and doing what is right—God will bring us through in victory.
If you have any question about that, just take a look at what He did in the life of Daniel. When Daniel was just a young man, he served as one of three presidents directly under the king. Daniel did his job so faithfully that he was preferred above the other presidents, and the king considered putting him over the whole realm.
When the other presidents found out about the king’s promotion plan for Daniel, they were jealous. So they began looking for some wrongdoing to accuse him.
The Bible records that they could find no fault in him. And since they couldn’t dig up any real dirt on him, they decided to scheme and trap him. That trap led to Daniel’s being thrown into the lions’ den to be eaten.
Daniel 6:16, 18-20 records the king’s words to Daniel as he was being thrown to the lions, and then the morning after he was not eaten by the lions. In these verses, the king mentions twice that Daniel continually served God. What stood out to the king was Daniel’s faithfulness. He was faithful—both in spiritual things and in natural things. Because of that faithfulness, God preserved Daniel.
What God did for Daniel, He’ll do for you. If you’ll be faithful with what God has given you right now, with what He’s told you to do, He’ll preserve you. He wants you to be faithful spiritually by fellowshiping with Him in the Word and praying every day. He wants you to put yourself in a position of increase in the natural realm by being faithful with the material things He’s given you.
For example, if you live in a rented house, and you want a house of your own, treat that rented house as though it belongs to you. Don’t tear it up and be careless with it. Jesus said, “If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:12).
Until now, you may have acted like the most unfaithful person around. You may feel like you have made disastrous mistakes in your life by being undependable and untrustworthy. You may have always been a quitter. But you can start changing that today because as a child of God, you have inside you His very own force of faithfulness. So start yielding to it. Begin to strengthen that force by meditating on God’s Word. Read and study what it says about faithfulness. You can be among those who “are called, and chosen, and faithful!” (Revelation 17:14).
Remind the devil of that the next time he pressures you to quit. Remind him of it when he tempts you to do less than your best. Determine to be the kind of person God can trust to follow through, no matter what the inconvenience or discomfort. Say, “Lord, I am a faithful person. I will get my job done and do it well. I will trust You to help me, energize me and create in me the power and desire. And I’ll stay with it at any cost.”
Speak the Word
I am faithful, and the Lord preserves me. (Psalm 31:23)
Heiligschriftstudium: Daniel 6:16-22