Lions’ Den

Last night after watching Amazing Grace with two of my best friends, Brenda and Michelle, we read the sixth chapter of the book of Daniel. If you have never read it, you probably still know the story. It takes place during the Babylonian exile. Daniel is a Jew, faithful to the God of Abraham, and for this he is thrown into the Lion’s Den. King Darius’ last words to this man are “May your God whom you serve continually, rescue you.”
I cannot imagine what went through Daniel’s mind. Maybe I am a bigger coward, but I would have pooed myself. There is no way I can take on the lions in this den.
Miraculously, Daniel is alive the next morning. He greets the king with the following testimony:
“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.”
It’s crazy. The lions were basically there to carry out God’s judgement and he was found INNOCENT.
And suddenly I can see the way that Christ has silenced the ravenous mouth of death, the lies of Satan, the jaws of sin. Certainly, my hands are not innocent, but because of what Christ has done I am found alive in the lions’ den. He shut the mouths of the lions. Oh death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
If God has stopped hungry death in its tracks, what have I to fear? If he has found me innocent in His sight, who is left to judge?