To Den or Not to Den

Brother JC Thompson was in the service tonight.  He sang and brought the message.

Daniel 6: 16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

There are three dens of interest I want to mention:  the den of circumstances, the den of faithfulness, and the den of reward.  Daniel is in his 80’s at this time. He has been elevated in command because of his wisdom, faithfulness, and loyalty.  He oversaw many people including some presidents.  He was a Jewish captive made ruler.  He was from the tribe of Judah and was very educated.  He prayed three times a day turning toward Jerusalem.  The people under him went after him.  Finding no fault with him, they went after his faith.  In the times we live in we must know God and his Word.

Daniel found himself in a den of circumstances.  The decree was made not to ask anything of anyone other than the king.  This meant Daniel was not to worship and pray.  Verse 10 says now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  He bowed anyway because he remained in his den of faithfulness while his den of circumstances was against him.

Three chapters earlier the three Hebrew children refused to bow.  In their den of circumstances they remained in the den of faithfulness.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, remember God is already on the scene.  There are some things you can control; there are things you cannot.  Sometimes circumstances arise because of situations we put ourselves in.  Even though Daniel knew the decree had been made he remained faithful to God.  His circumstances put him in the den of lions, but he remained faithful.

What will happen if you remain faithful?  If you get stuck in a den of circumstances, remain in the den of faithfulness.  What was Daniel’s reward for remaining faithful?  The lions never touched him.  It was another story altogether for his accusers.  Verse 24 tells us and the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. Down in verse 28 we see Daniel’s further reward.  So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Revelation 21:7 says he that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  I Corinthians 2:9 states but as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  The benefits of being faithful are out of this world.  Be faithful to God; he’ll be faithful to you.

The enemy won’t tell you the end results.  Sometimes he knows scripture better than we do.  However, his fate is sealed.  Your fate is not.  You still have a choice.  If you find me lying on the ground, don’t worry.  I’ll be at the feet of Jesus.  If you’re going through a circumstance, don’t try to do it by yourself.  Sometimes it’s hard to be faithful, but keep pressing on.  Your miracle is on the way.  If you give up now, you’ll miss the reward.

Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Moses never entered the Promised Land, but he knew there was one.  I know one is coming for me.

Revelation 21:1-5 tells us and I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

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