The story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den is a classic “Sunday school story” – we’ve all heard it, whether in school, in church, in kids groups, or from our favourite children’s Bibles; but have you actually read the biblical account of this story, in Daniel 6?
If you need a re-cap of the story, you can watch our animation here:
This is such a wonderful Bible story, and there are so many lessons we can learn from it that are valuable to our lives today – and I want to explore some of them today!
One of the main reasons that Daniel ends up in the lion’s den is because the other leaders who were working under him couldn’t find any reason to fault him.
“At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.”Daniel 6:4
Because they couldn’t find any actual faults, they had to manipulate King Darius into creating a new decree that would then get Daniel into trouble. The only thing that they could use against him was his obedience to God – what a wonderful example for us to learn from.
Stand firm in your faith
When the other leaders used his faith against him, it would have been easy for Daniel to be afraid, to want to hide his faith and his prayers – or to stop them altogether. But he didn’t. He went immediately to his window and he prayed. He was bold because he knew that he should be obedient to God rather than bowing to the new decree of the King.
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”Daniel 6:10
If you struggle with fear, you can check out our blog post all about how to overcome fear here, or watch our video here!
God’s Law > Worldly Law
When Daniel chose to continue to pray to God, and to defy the decree issued by King Darius, he made clear his priorities. He rebelled against the law of the land he was in, because it would have caused him to turn against God.
I’m not saying that he should ignore all of our worldly laws. Laws are important. But we shouldn’t obey laws that cause us to sin against God, or to turn away from him.
Trust in God
One of the overwhelming lessons that we can take away from the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, is the incredible trust we can place in our God. Even in the post dangerous of places, alongside ferocious lions (the real ones probably looked even more scary than Leo in our animation!), Daniel trusted in God’s power to save him. And he did.
Even King Darius could see Daniel’s commitment and trust in God. Daniel trusted, and God rescued him from the lions.
“The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”Daniel 6:23
God reveals himself through our actions
The story of Daniel trusting God & being rescued from the lions is pretty awesome. But when we keep reading, we see the amazing impact of this story. Upon seeing Daniel’s trust in God, and the power that God had to save Daniel from the lions, King Darius was convinced to issue a new decree. Rather than forbidding everyone from praying to anyone or anything apart from himself, now he wanted to point everyone to God. The one true God had been revealed to King Darius through Daniel’s obedience and his trust in God. That’s how much of a difference our actions can make.
What lessons do you think we can learn from the story of Daniel in the lion’s den?