God Is Able (I):
“And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?’” (Daniel 6:20, New King James Version).
This is the key Bible verse for the “Come and See” devotional today.
This verse is part of the narrative in the Old Testament concerning Daniel, a well-regarded man of God. In Daniel 6, we read that Daniel’s enemies wanted to have him dismissed from his position, but they struggled to find a way to do this, because his conduct was blameless.
They conspired and devised a devious plan ; they persuaded King Darius to issue a royal decree to the effect that nobody except the King should petition any God or man for a period of 30 days. Daniel’s enemies predicted that he would break this decree and they were correct. Thus, he was found breaking the decree and was duly thrown into the lion’s den, much against the wishes of the King, who could not believe that anyone could ever be saved from the sharp fangs of the lions.
The Bible records Daniel’s bold response to King Darius’ question as follows: “then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.’” (Daniel 6: 21-22, New King James Version). This illustrates that it is good to serve a God who is able to save and deliver every time.
King Darius’ question is still relevant and is asked today by all of us, including believers. Thus, is God still able to save and deliver? The answer depends on one’s faith because God is still able to deliver anyone from all kinds of captivity. The Book of Isaiah refers to His enduring power and states: “have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28, New King James Version).
We should also consider the state of Daniel’s mind when he was thrown into the lion’s den to be devoured: he knew the consequences of his actions but he refused to compromise because he had confidence in God’s unfailing ability to save. Thus, he later revealed: “…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel, 8:32, New King James Version).
The level of deliverance we can enjoy will depend on our knowledge of who God is. It is our faith, supported by our knowledge of the Most High that commands His ability to set us free. Daniel had faith because he believed and trusted in God before his trials in the lions’ den and so he was saved. In Daniel 6:23b we read: “and when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” (New International Version). Will you trust God in helping you overcome your current challenges? He is able and His strength will never fail!
Let us pray: “Father, by your ultimate power, let my deliverance be complete and permanent,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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