Daniel 6:26-27 “I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Daniel had just been delivered from the den of lions. Wicked men had deceived the king into making a decree that would outlaw prayer for thirty days. Daniel was miraculously delivered from the den of lions and those men who accused Daniel lost their lives in the same manner, along with their wives and children.
Around the world today, Christians stand in jeopardy of losing their life for their faith. Those who would dare to defy their governments have met secretly with other like-minded folks. If they were to be found out, would be abused, tortured, and made an example.
Much of biblical Christianity is marked by a trail of blood.
Romans tells me:
Romans 1:18-21 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Man’s denial of the existence of God has been present throughout the centuries. The persecution of those of us who believe only reveal their desire to be the god of their own life. It creates intense hatred in some to think that they should bow to anyone; let alone someone they cannot see or touch.
Darius, one of the kings at the time of Daniel, witnessed the character and spirit of a man wholly surrendered to serve the Living God. He also saw the power of God to deliver his servant in an extreme situation.
What of those around us today? What will they see? Will they see us as we partake in their worldly behavior? What will they hear? Will they hear our whining and complaining about our situation and circumstance? What will they know of our God?
For many, we may be the only Bible they will ever read.
We must purpose in our heart to be pure, yielded vessels unto honor – no matter the consequence. Many who have gone before us paid a dear price for us to have the freedom to be a witness.
We start this day not knowing what it is we may be facing. But I serve a God who does. We must trust His path and leading along that path to bring us to an expected end. Whatever happens along the way, God and I can handle.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”