Last week as I was reading the book of Daniel, I stumbled on the scripture about Daniel’s cast into the lions’ den.
Daniel was doing perfectly fine at that time. He was given the power and authority. He received favor and was trusted by the King because of his faithfulness. And somehow, his peers envied him and made a plot against him. They misled the King to make a rule against Daniel’s religious principle. In short, the King was forced to punish Daniel by casting him into a den of lions.
Does it sound familiar? When your life finally feels alright. You are content. You finally can see fruits of what you’re doing or fight for. You know that it brings glory to the Lord. And……….BAMMMM!! All of sudden, you’re facing the test of your faith. Something that forces you to do something out of His will. Something that pushes you to compromise. Or else, it will cause you trouble.
I’ve read this story for so many times but I’m particularly moved by a part of the Scripture:
“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
He put His trust in God and didn’t compromise his religious principles. He even declared His confidence in Him (Daniel 6:10), but God didn’t deliver him right away from the lions’ den. The scripture shows us that he was still cast into the den of lions, but no wound was found on him!
I believe that we sometimes are having the same situation as Daniel. And it feels like even though we have done what’s right, we still need to experience the moment of great pressures and terrors. We still need to pay the price of our faith in Him. But please know that if you believe in God, He will deliver us safely throughout that season, with no wound. This wound may refer to frustration, the trauma of the incident, the bitterness to someone whom God’s using to sharpen us, a disappointment to God, or any kinds or scar in our soul.
“But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
(1 Corinthians 3:10b-15)
Trust Him that this season is meant for good. That it’s truly needed to exercise our faith and prepare us for the glory that will come later. And that, He will not let the devil harm us in any way.
Let’s keep on trusting Him,