Your Experience, Others Reason

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Being Christians we have a responsibility to share our faith, and our testimony with others to spark their faith and lead them to Christ. Your experience can be someone’s reason to start seeking God. We’re gonna focus on David’s story, often known for being in the lion’s den but I want to look at before and after his experience in the lion’s den. 

  Daniel was blessed by God but he lived in a place where people worshiped idols and didn’t know God “As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.”  ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭5:4. He could interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems, he was also very knowledgeable and a wise man (Daniel 5:12). When the king needed assistance in explaining a message written on the walls, no one could interpret it, thus Daniel was called on. There was a reward for whoever could read what was written but Daniel kindly declined. “Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.”‭‭Daniel‬ ‭5:17‬. Daniel wasn’t using his gift to reap rewards, though he was using his gift to glorify God. As he begins to explain the writing he turns to the king and tells him about himself. He tells the king he’s not been humble, and how he’s set himself up against heaven. “You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.”‭‭Daniel‬ ‭5:23, quick question, is this you? Today it’s easy to praise all the things that are pleasing to the eye but we fail to give praise to the one who holds our life in his hand. Worshiping a little here and there won’t do it. As long as you spend more time with your idols than God, you’re putting whatever it may be above God. Daniel finishes reading what’s on the wall, telling the king his days are numbered, shortly after the king dies.  

  In Daniel 6 we see how a new king is appointed, one who is well pleased with Daniel. So much so that he planned to set him over the kingdom but the administrators weren’t happy with this. They attempt to throw Daniel in jail on charges he didn’t commit (Daniel 6:3-4). It even states in Daniel 6:4 that “they could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent”. Like Daniel, your gift from God will put you in positions people want. They will try anything to take that away from you but don’t be weary, it’s all a part of your story. As for Daniel, the administrators were so motivated to throw him in jail that they created a law. One they knew Daniel would break because of his relationship with God (Daniel 6:7-9). When the administrators found Daniel praying to God they went to the king. They ordered him to be thrown in the lion’s den. The king, reluctant, did so. “So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lion’s den. The king said to Daniel “may your God, who, you serve continually, rescue you!” (Daniel 6:16). The king and everyone knew the God Daniel served. Daniel wore his faith on his sleeve for everyone to see. They knew God because of Daniel but they didn’t know what God could do. 

  Morning comes and king Darius rushes to the den. The king calls on Daniel “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20). For a second, imagine being so outspoken about your faith, about God that he is attached to your name, bringing him glory. Don’t you want to be like that? Daniel answers the king “my God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight” (Daniel 6:22). “And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” (‭‭Daniel‬ ‭6:23‬). It’s important to see how Daniel, a man who just spent the night with lions, had not a scratch on him. Because he trusted in God. When it seems like you’re surrounded by the lions in your life, trust God. Walk in confidence in any season, even your darkest one knowing you’ll make it out unscathed because of God. 

  Once Daniel made it out, king Darius was overjoyed. The people who falsely accused Daniel were put to death in the lion’s den. Because of Daniel and his experience with God, King Darius wrote “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Daniel 6:26-27). Because of Daniel, his relationship with Christ an entire kingdom worshiped God. Knowing God is not enough. If Daniel knew God and wasn’t outspoken about his faith this doesn’t happen. The people would’ve never known the God Daniel worshiped. Thousands of people would be stuck worshiping idols if Daniel stayed quiet about God. If Daniel’s trust in God waivered we’re not talking about him. We often talk to God every now and then, but it was Daniel’s three prayers a day in his room that prepared him for the lion’s den! It wouldn’t have worked if Daniel prayed only in the lion’s den and none before. 

  We need a trust in God that says even when it looks impossible, I’ll trust him! Even when rent is due and I don’t have enough I’ll trust God! Even when school gets rough I’ll trust God! Even when I’m depressed, anxious, and alone, I’ll give it to God. We need faith that brings heaven to earth. A relationship with God that people can see, one that brings light to someone’s darkness. Be motivated by Daniel, and be like him! Have a faith in God, a relationship with him that your job, class, and the entire community can see. One that will lead them to your God.

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