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Daniel 6:16 ” So the King gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The King said to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you serve continually rescue you.’ “

Daniel had made quite the impression on King Darius…not only for his exceptional qualities of trustworthiness and integrity…but in his worship of God.  Daniel’s life was one unending devotion to God…whether he was at work or at home…whether he was with other Christians or co-workers…his focus didn’t change.  Can we say the same thing about ourselves?  Would your co-workers readily comment about you as King Darius had observed about Daniel?  Has your  walk made such an impact on the people around you that they truly know from where your faith comes?  Let us pray then that God would give all of us boldness to live a life worthy of the Gospel.

Daniel 3: 16-18 ” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ “

The three Hebrew children knew just where their strength came from…there was no need to defend themselves before the king.  For their faith and trust in God enabled them to rest in the knowledge that the battle was the Lord’s, not theirs.  We too don’t need to fight our battles alone…the Lord is standing ever ready to advocate for us.  All He asks is that we walk in faith while He does the work.

Daniel 1:6-7 “Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.”

Daniel’s Hebrew name meant – God is judge, while Hananiah’s meant – the Lord is gracious.  For Azariah his name meant – the Lord is my help, and Mishael’s was – who is like God?  Their new names  incorporated Babylonian foreign gods and thus contradicted and maligned who they really were.  We all get labeled by the world…we’re fat, or old, ugly, or dumb.   But that’s not who we are inside, and any negative label doesn’t have to define us. For the Lord has given you a special name…precious child of God.  So anytime the world hits you with a cruel label…remember your name.

Daniel 6: 19-20 ” At the first light of dawn, the King got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God , whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?’ “

King Darius had spent a sleepless night after being tricked by his administrators and satraps into throwing Daniel into the lions’ den.  The King had tried to rescue Daniel, but his decree stood and couldn’t be repealed.  So here he was at first light, yelling for a response from Daniel.  Did the King really imagine that Daniel had survived the night…was he hoping beyond hope…or had Daniel’s trust in God been so very evident that King Darius actually  believed it was possible?