Today I read the story familiarly know as “Daniel in the Lions’ Den”. Here is a summary of the story:
Darius the king planned to put Daniel in charge of the entire kingdom, because he was becoming distinguished among the commissioners and satraps on account of the extraordinary spirit that he had. The commissioners and satraps didn’t want to become subject to Daniel, so they plotted against him.
They couldn’t find fault with Daniel in regard to government affairs, so they realized they must use his religious practices against him. They got the king to sign a document saying that anyone who worshiped any gods other than the king for thirty days will be thrown into the lions den. The king agreed and signed the document, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, so that it could not be revoked.
When Daniel knew that the document was signed, he continued to kneel and pray three times a day. So these men saw that he continued and reported that to the king. At that point the king was very distressed and regretted having signed the document. Nevertheless he had to cast Daniel into the lions’ den. Before the king did this, however, he said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”
The king fasted all night woke up early in the morning and made his hasty was to the lions’ den to see if God had delivered Daniel. He found Daniel alive because God had shut the mouths of the lions.
Notice that Daniel still served God even though he knew that he would be thrown into the lions’ den. He trusted that God would save him from the lions and gladly put himself into a situation that only God could deliver him from. Are we that devoted to God, or have that much faith in God’s deliverance?