Prophet Daniel in Augsburg Cathedral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Daniel 6:10, 16-22
See also: Ps. 30:5; James 5:15; Prov. 15:8; Ps. 91:11-13; Dan. 3:25; I Thess 5:17
Litigation v. 5 A law made of jealousy was used to condemn Daniel.
Intercession – v. 10 Daniel prayed. He prayed not the first nor the last time.
Oath v. 15-16 The King was true to his oath.
Night of trial v. 17-18 Daniel was tested, and the King was tested. When Daniel met the lions, there was no smell of fear.
Salvation v. 21-22 God’s angle came again. The angel came to the furnace, and the angel came to the lions’ den.
Exemplary Story : A man in Tennessee was said to have met a bear and her cub. He knew the bear, and respected her. About to turn away he spotted a cougar. To his surprise the bear came to his rescue and defeated the cougar. Likewise we are rescued by our God.
See also Heb. 11:6; Prove 8:5-6; Deut. 6:24-25; Luke 9:62; Isaiah 55:8-9; James 2:18
Faith as a foundation – Faith is a base to build upon.
Attuning to God’s will – Daniel asked and found what the will of God is.
Venture that validates – Daniel acted on his faith by making a decision, a commitment
Obedience – Once he decided he had to act on that decision to be faithful.
Reliance of righteousness – Once begun Daniel continued until there was a positive outcome.
Exemplary story – In 1936 Jesse Owens, the grandson of a slave, won an Olympic gold medal in Munich, Germany. Adolph Hitler was noticeably absent from the ceremony. This intentional slight did not discourage Jesse Owens from being a winner with favor.