​THE PLOTS OF THE ENEMY SHALL RATHER BRING OUT GOD’S POWERS

Scriptural reference: Daniel 6:1-28
6:1} It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an

hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the

whole kingdom; {6:2} And over these three presidents; of

whom Daniel [was] first: that the princes might give

accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

{6:3} Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents

and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and

the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

{6:4} Then the presidents and princes sought to find

occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they

could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was]

faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

{6:5} Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion

against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him

concerning the law of his God. {6:6} Then these presidents

and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus

unto him, King Darius, live for ever. {6:7} All the

presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes,

the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to

establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that

whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty

days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of

lions. {6:8} Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the

writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the

Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:9}Wherefore

king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

{6:10} 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. {6:11} Then these men

assembled, and found Daniel praying and making

supplication before his God. {6:12} Then they came near,

and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree;

Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask

[a petition] of any God or man within thirty days, save of

thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king

answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of

the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:13} Then

answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which

[is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not

thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but

maketh his petition three times a day. {6:14}Then the king,

when he heard [these] words, was sore displeased with

himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he

laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

{6:15} Then these men assembled unto the king, and said

unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and

Persians [is,] That no decree nor statute which the king

establisheth may be changed. {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. {6:17} And a stone was brought and laid upon the

mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet,

and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not

be changed concerning Daniel.

{6:18} Then the king went to his palace, and passed the

night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought

before him: and his sleep went from him. {6:19}Then the

king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto

the den of lions. {6:20} And when he came to the den, he

cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: [and] the king

spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living

God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to

deliver thee from the lions? {6:21} Then said Daniel unto

the king, O king, live for ever. {6:22} My God hath sent his

angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, that they have not

hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in

me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

{6:23} Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and

commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den.

So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of

hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

{6:24} 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.

{6:25} Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations,

and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be

multiplied unto you. {6:26} 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. {6:27} 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. {6:28} So this Daniel prospered in the

reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
What an amazing story! When Daniel was elevated to that feared and enviable position in the province of Babylon, because he had been able to interpret the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, he made a lot of known and unknown enemies. 

Behind Daniel, his enemies plotted ways to kill him, but unknowing to them, it was a way they were going to make Daniel’s God glorify Himself through Daniel and be worshipped by all in Babylon. And when King Darius called out to Daniel in the Lions’ den, Daniel replied, “My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouth of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was innocent in His sight. Nor have I done any wrong before Him.” Then King Darius said this about the God of Daniel and you and I, “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Don’t worry about the plots of your enemies against your life, because the God we serve who has been able to send his angel to protect Daniel in the lions’ den is poised to do more for you and I in our innocence , these days and ever more. Amen.

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