I was rereading the story Daniel in the Lion’s Den this morning. We look back at that as if Daniel was so brave heading into the den. I’m not sure he felt that brave as he headed into the den.
Grant it, he was brave to obey God, knowing the consequences, when he chose to disobey the king, but I don’t know that, when it came right down to it, he headed into the lion’s den confident that God would protect Him. Maybe he did, but the lions were still big, strong, and probably hungry…. and he may have been very nervous.
I wonder if he was scared the whole time, or if after the first few minutes her realized God was going to protect him. I can see it both ways — he was in the den for five to ten minutes, and still alive, so maybe he relaxed and said, “God’s got this” and took a nap. We don’t know for sure.
It could very well be that he stressed out all night long, pinning himself up against the wall of the den keeping an eye on each lion, waiting to see what was going to happen. He could have been a nervous wreck all night.
So what are our lessons from this story?
1) Even if we are facing extreme consequences, we need to be obedient.
2) We have a choice when we are in the midst of a scary or uncertain time, where the enemy is close at hand. We can relax and remember that God’s got us, or we can fret and pace and hold on with white knuckles waiting for the trial to be over.
The cool thing is that God isn’t going to stop being God if we stop being confident in him and stop having faith. He’s just going to keep on doing what He does. But the quality of life that we can have during that time is our choice.
So whatcha going to do the next time you’re thrown into the lions den? Are you going to immediately recognize that God is protecting you and relax knowing that the trial will some day be over, or are you going be freaked out every single moment, stressing out and questioning whether or not God is going to continue to come through?
THAT is up to you.