“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God” Daniel 6:22-23 NKJV.
The story of Daniel is a very interesting one considering the circumstances around it and quite honestly, Christians in some parts of the world face find themselves in similar situations. Persecution is real and it comes in many different shapes and forms. The one thing that makes it similar is the fact that it is meant to get you to stop worshipping God. Daniel found himself in this situation because He believed in God and put His confident trust in Him and those who persecuted him, manipulated the King, a friend of Daniel, to put Daniel in the den of lions. Yet still in this situation, Daniel was not troubled as He trusted his God knowing that either way he would come out victorious. It’s a victory as Daniel would either come out unharmed or go to be with the Father for eternity.
The problem with the modern Christian is that they value their life more than their salvation. The great commission and just simply being a witness in our communities has taken a back seat for the so called significance of our lives. Yes you avoid the risk of physical harm, but the harm that awaits in eternity is far worse. This is why having a strong relationship with Christ and trusting not only in Him, but His word is imperative. The sufferings of today do not compare to the joy that is yet to come. We need to trust that no harm can fall upon us because even though we may be harmed physically, spiritually there is absolutely no harm falling upon us. What is needed is for us to trust Him that the path He is leading us down is that narrow path He prepared for us. Prove yourself without guilt in His eyes and believe that He will save you from all harm.
Father, even in the face of certain death, in the face of endless persecution, let me not regard my life greater, but like a living sacrifice, help me to offer it up to You as I worship You through the storms. You are Lord and Saviour of my life, apart from you I have nothing. Amen