Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. The Apostle Peter denied Christ 3 times when he faced danger. But the prophet Daniel did not compromise his religious principles, when king Darius threatened to throw him in a den of hungry lions. Instead, he remained resolute in his commitment and turned to God in prayer.
Do you love Christ enough to die for Him? Believers, we may not be willing to die for Christ because our faith in God is not as strong as Daniel’s, but we should be willing to honor our commitment to Him, in any situation. Let us thrive to be like Daniel, and not like Peter before he repented.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:
“May you prosper greatly!
26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel’s testimony is a powerful example of the ability God has to rescue us from unlawful persecution from our enemies, you are right though, it is a matter of faith. Peter was forgiven for his lack of faith, this is important because as modern people of God we rarely get the chance to exhibit such stonefaced faith and when we do, usually we falter, thank God for His forgiveness and mercy on us for this. -WATW
Thanks a lot for that comment WATW. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God still delivers, and what He did for Daniel He will do for us. Clearly we do not have the faith of Daniel, or Job; but neither was Abraham nor Moses.
He died for me…..so yes, Iove him enough to die for him!
Speaklife1, thanks for stopping by. To be honest, I have not reach that point in my Christian life where I feel confident that I would die for Christ. I am working on it but I am yet to conquer self.