The Lions’ Den, Part VI

This week, I will be gone taking a group of junior high and high school kids to a Christian camp. I will have no internet access, though I have scheduled posts for each day. I will respond to any comments that you leave when I get back home. Thanks for reading and God bless!

Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.  Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king established may be changed.  Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions.  Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Daniel 6: 14-16

I started out to do a six day series of posts on this story.  As you can see, we are now on day six and Daniel isn’t even in the lions’ den yet!  Apparently, there is a lot more to this story than I realized.  There are so many great verses and great truths that can be found in any passage if you are willing to look.  Proverbs 2:4 is still true: “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures…”  But, I digress.

Verse 16 amazed me.  Pagan king Darius has more faith than many Bible-believing Christians do today.  After looking for a way to get Daniel out of going to the den of lions and not finding one, he simply said “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”  Darius realized that Daniel’s God would save him.  The faith of this king reminds me of a time when Jesus found faith in a place you wouldn’t expect it:

“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”  (Matthew 8:10)  Jesus had come to the Jews, where He found very little faith.  But this gentile Roman centurion had so much faith that he realized Jesus didn’t even need to be present to heal his servant, He just needed to speak the word. 

The question for today is simply this: Jesus can find faith in a pagan king and in a Roman centurion – can He find faith when He looks at us?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Wow Ben! Another great truth revealed. Loving this . . .and praying that He would not find me lacking faith! God bless you and your faith in Him!


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