Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:16-26
“Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before Him, and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.'” (Daniel 6:21)
We come to the end of the historical section of Daniel. As we have seen, King Darius was deeply impacted by Daniel. The king had great respect for Daniel because he lived a life of integrity before the king and others. Darius was greatly troubled when he condemned Daniel to the lions’ den. He woke up at the break of day to see if Daniel’s God had delivered him from the mouths of the lions — “Then at the break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, ‘O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?'” (vs. 19,20).
The king was greatly relieved when he heard the voice of Daniel — “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me” (v. 21). I believe that the angel who delivered Daniel was none other than our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. I believe that in His pre-incarnate state, Jesus came to Daniel’s rescue and shut the mouths of the lions. Remember that throughout the Old Testament the Angel of the Lord is a manifestation of the Second Person of the trinity, God the Son.
We have a Savior who truly saves us. He comes to us in our times of trouble to deliver us. He gives us courage, endurance and strength to face the dangers and difficulties that we endure. He is our Deliverer, who delivers us from our sins, and ultimately from all our troubles. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
Lord Jesus, my Deliverer, You have come to me in my troubles many times. You have given me courage, endurance and strength to face them. You also have delivered me from them. I know that one day you will deliver me from all my afflictions. Until then let me be faithful to You. Thank You for delivering me from all my sins and thank You for saving me through Your sacrificial work on my behalf.
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