December 17th - Day 21 | Promises: An Advent Family Devotional
“ 16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him… 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”
- Daniel 6
Have you ever needed someone to come to your rescue?
Maybe it was when you were learning to swim, and you needed someone to hold you up. Maybe you were choking and needed a slap on the back. Maybe you were sick and needed the rescue of a good doctor and medication. Maybe you needed financial rescue and had to call your parents or a friend to lend you some dough. Maybe you needed a friend to fake an emergency to rescue you from a bad date. Whatever the case, sooner or later, all of us come into situations where we need to be rescued.
Daniel was one of God’s people who had been carried away to Babylon as a captive. Daniel showed himself to be a valuable asset to king after king, but not everyone was happy this outsider had such influence. As the jealous leaders conned King Darius into passing a law forbidding prayer, Daniel did the same thing he did every day. He prayed, prepared for the consequences. King Darius reluctantly enforced the law as Daniel was tossed into the lion’s den, even taking a moment to pray for Daniel’s protection as he sealed his fate. If there was ever someone in need of rescue, it was Daniel. The next morning, the hopeful king called to see if Daniel’s God had indeed rescued him.
Daniel described how God had rescued him from the mouths of the lions. As you hang your ornament, remember, even when it looks like all is lost, God is big enough to rescue. There is no such thing as a hopeless situation with Him!