Daniel 14 - Let God do the talking


Daniel 6
16. So at last the king gave the order for Daniel's arrest, and he was taken to the den of lions. The king said to him, "May your God, whom you worship continually, deliver you." And then they threw him in.
17. A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring, and that of his government, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions.
18. Then the king returned to his palace and went to bed without dinner. He refused his usual entertainment and didn't sleep all night.
19. Very early the next morning he hurried out to the lions' den,
20. and called out in anguish, "O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?"
21. Then he heard a voice! "Your Majesty, live forever!" It was Daniel!
22. "My God has sent his angel," he said, "to shut the lions' mouths so that they can't touch me; for I am innocent before God, nor, sir, have I wronged you."
23. The king was beside himself with joy and ordered Daniel lifted from the den. And not a scratch was found on him, because he believed in his God.
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How would you have responded in Daniel's position?
Would you have resisted arrest, by proclaiming your innocence loud and long?
Would you have lost your temper?
Would you have made boasts about your own goodness, or the power of your God?

Daniel did none of these things.
He was well aware that the law said that if he prayed to anyone butking Darius during that period that he would be thrown to the lions.

He submitted quietly the consequences of his actions.

But that must have been the most testing time of his life also. He hadno assurance whatever that God would rescue him. He himself, like the king,would have to wait and see what the outcome of his faith would be.

Many times during that month of illegal prayer to God, Daniel must havefaced the fact that this would happen and asked God for the grace torespond in peace to this terrible ordeal.

Daniel's response reminds us of the Lord Jesus Christ:
7. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not his mouth.
(Isaiah 53 NKJV)

There are times in life to speak up, and there are also times to besilent and let God work on our behalf.

Prayer:
Father, today I ask You for the grace to respond to my situation ina way that pleases You. Help me to know when I should speak up andwhen I should be silent and trust You,
in Jesus' name,
Amen.