7th May 2013

Bible Pictures Help–Daniel in the Lion’s Den

“All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects, and the satraps, and the officials and governors, have planned together to establish a royal law, and to make a strong ban that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except from you, O king, he shall be thrown into the den of lions.”
Daniel 6:7 (MKJV) 

The third picture I had was of Daniel. He had his enemies and he faced the grim prospect of being eaten by the lions. Daniel had to face the lions on his own, no friends to accompany him. In my case I was to face surgery. The surgeon had his cutting tools at the ready. Just as facing the lions was probably scary for Daniel, surgery can be scary these days, especially if one listens to or reads the news. 

But the king, who wasn’t Daniel’s enemy, focussed Daniel onto God. “The king answered and said to Daniel, Your God,  whom you always serve, will deliver you.” (Verse 16) And that’s what I needed to do.  Again it’s not how big the danger is, it’s how big God is that matters. We all need to keep that in mind, whatever the situation we face. 

God brought Daniel through. “My God has sent His Angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me,” (Verse 22) The lion’s teeth weren’t allowed to harm him. Again the dangerous place was turned into a safe place because God was there. And I believed that God would be with the surgeon, holding his hands so that they wouldn’t harm me, that only what needed to be removed would be cut away. 

“And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they threw them into the lions’ den;” (Verse 24) The enemies of Daniel were the ones destroyed by their own choice of punishment for Daniel. In my case, the cancer that would have taken my life lost its own

So in conclusion, we have seen in the pictures the coming to scary places with seemingly no way out but through them. We’ve seen the need to focus on the bigness of God and to look for him to act on our behalf. We’ve seen the need to then step out in faith, trusting that the dangerous places are safe as God is with us, that He’ll bring us through one way or another, as well as deal with our enemies at some juncture. 

Oh, I know it is so much easier said than done and I will need to keep reading my own words as I go through the tough times during the remaining treatment ahead. But God will ultimately bring us through. He’s interested so much in us and loves us so much that He doesn’t want to see any of us lose out. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17 MKJV) 

Prayer
Father, thank You for the pictures in the Bible. There are so many and each is useful for helping us through different situations in life. Please help us to find the ones which will help us in ours. Thank You for Your love and encouragement.
Amen

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 ruthedwards1About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area. Ruth is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, hence the hat in the photo.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email:  jf007d991@blueyonder.co.uk

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