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The Lions’ Mouths Were Shut!
Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we meet another brave, honorable and trustworthy man named Daniel this week. Some of the kings’ men were jealous of Daniel and his exceptional qualities and character, so they kind of tricked King Darius to pass a law that said anyone who prayed to anyone except the king would be thrown into a lions’ den (which basically means being a quick meal for a bunch of ferocious lions). Even though Daniel knew the law had been passed, he STILL went and prayed on his knees three times a day in front of a window. King Darius actually loved Daniel and wanted to find a way to rescue him but had no choice based on his law and said, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you.” Well, if you met Rufus the Lion from this week’s kid video you know the ending to this famous story. When the king woke up he quickly went to the den of lions to see if God saved Daniel. Daniel replied, “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 anything wrong before you, Your majesty.” (Daniel 6: 21-22).
The same God who protected Daniel in the den of lions, watches over and protects you too! I love the next Bible passage in the story too: “No wound (ouchie) was found on Daniel.” Why? “Because he had TRUSTED in his God” (Daniel 6: 23). Although we still get ouchies from time to time, we can trust and pray in our one true God. He loves us THAT much.
Have fun making one of the lions in the den from this week’s story. I found it easiest to glue all orange and yellow pieces to the lion’s mane first and then drew the face (so I knew how much space I had left on the bag). I drew a happy lion just like our dear Rufus. ☺
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
Before You’re Deep in the Den
By Stephanie McIntyre
This morning I was feeling overwhelmed. My family and I have been going through the process of moving to a new home for what feels like forever. For every one thing I cross off my to-do list, I seem to add four more. We’ve been in our new house for just a couple weeks and last night I discovered our “new” dryer doesn’t work. So this morning, before my coffee, when my husband simply asked, “So what’s the plan for the dryer?” I had a meltdown. It took the form of a red-in-the-face, raised-voice, rude-and-hurtful attack on the guy.
Later, I took a break for lunch at work. I decided to read Daniel 6-7 to write this devotional. I’ve read this story before, so I was expecting to see Daniel’s courage. He not only faces the lions in the den but also stands up to those in his life that were doing wrong by him. Is that what you took away? Courage? That’s good, because that’s definitely in there.
But today, for me, something else hit me in this story.
Is Daniel considered so courageous because he handled this all by himself? No. The Bible says when the King issued the decree that prayer to God was no longer allowed, Daniel immediately took it to God in prayer, giving thanks and asking for help (6:10-11). In my simple brain, I picture it something like, “Thank you God for putting me in this terrible situation, now how about a little bit of help?”
Okay, so it probably sounded more genuine than that.
But to give thanks when you’re having a hard time and to ask for help right away? Hmmm, I think God was pointing this part of the story out to me today. Even in my stressful phase of life, I have SO MUCH to be thankful for and I should be focused on lifting that praise to God. God has reminded me to ask Him for help long before I end up deep in the lion’s den (stress). I might still end up in a den (bad mood) with a long list of lions (responsibilities), but inviting God into my perspective will keep me from taking it out on my innocent husband (and yes, I sent him an apology message right after God hit me with these loving reminders).
In your life, what can you thankfully ask God for help with?