They were warned. The message didn’t appear in smoke behind a sky-writing airplane, but it might as well have. It was definitely prophesied by Ezekiel who attempted to explain to a rebellious nation that they would be captured by Nebuchadnezzer and the Babylonians. Israel and Judah were being punished for their continuous disobedience to God. Daniel was part of the nation that was eventually captured.
Instead of giving up because he was dragged from his home, freedoms, belongings, and friends, Daniel continued to serve the Lord. Even though it wasn’t fair, he never gave up. Daniel excelled and was offered the finest and luxury foods. He was offered one of the best jobs serving directly under the king and his royal service. Instead of becoming proud of his promotion and boasting in his blessing like his country did for hundreds of years, Daniel remained humble. He did not fail to forget who provided him with this great job and all his blessings. Daniel did not forget his purpose. Instead of bowing down to the popular false god “Baal” (the god of fertility) as was advertised, Daniel got on his knees and prayed to the one true God who gives all life.
A new power took over named King Darius the Mede. Daniel worked for this royal official also. Daniel’s co-workers became super jealous over Daniel’s “winning” disposition. They concocted a plot that was sure to eliminate their competition. They hatched a plan that no one could pray to any other god than Darius himself and had the king sign a decree saying so. Anyone who disobeyed would be thrown into a lion’s den. Daniel prayed openly 3 times a day. He did not “miss the memo” not to pray, but continued to do so anyway. This “prayer violation” was reported immediately and Daniel was thrown into a pit of hungry lions.
Darius cared deeply for Daniel and worried all night about him, but look what happened. Daniel 6:19-23 “Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
If God has the power to quiet hungry lions, why do we have such a hard time trusting Him to spare us from all of our inadequate worries. He loves us so much and desires us to pray daily, trust fully, and live boldly. This will quiet all the lions within us.