Friday, February 17, 2017
A Message from a Lions’ Den
The Bible tells the story of a man who laid his faith on the line. As the Bible says, “He believed in his God” (Daniel 6:23).
Daniel had been elevated to a position of great prominence. Darius, the ruler over Babylon, saw the integrity and value of this man who had so boldly spoken the word of God. The king was preparing to make him the prime minister, which meant that Daniel would have been the most powerful man in the entire kingdom, next to King Darius himself.
But Daniel’s enemies were angry. They were jealous. Yet they could find nothing wrong with him. They knew they couldn’t stop Daniel, unless they had something concerning him and his God. So they convinced Darius to sign a decree that no man could call on any god except the king for thirty days. And actually, the king passed a law forbidding prayer to any god.
What did Daniel do? He didn’t change a thing. He prayed anyway. The trap had been laid, and the king was distressed because even he could not change his own decree. So he sent Daniel into the lion’s den. But God shut the lions’ mouths, and Daniel was delivered.
It is worth noting that God did not keep Daniel out of the lions’ den. He had the power to, just as surely as He has the power to keep you out of any hardship that you potentially could face. But God will allow His people to go through difficulties.
Everyone on this planet faces hardships in life. Everyone faces difficulty. But Christians have the hope that no matter what, God will see us through. That is the great message resounding from the lions’ den. God will be with us in the midst of our adversity and difficulties.
The Paycheck Protection Program is back. Business can apply for loans to keep their workforce employed. Congress approved more than $280 billion in relief funds for this purpose. Remember that not all lenders will be able to process and issue funds. Smaller community based lenders who work with low income communities and minority owned businesses