Greetings, my fellow believers, I am Daniel, and I come to you today from a place that was once feared but now stands as a testament to God's great power and grace. I stand before you from inside Lion's den, where I spent a night that could have been my last. But thanks be to God, I have lived to tell the tale.
As I spent that fateful night among the lions, I was reminded of a verse from Psalm 91: "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (Psalm 91:4)
God was my refuge and my shield in that dark and fearsome place. He protected me from the lions, and he brought me out unharmed. As I stood in that den, I was reminded of another verse from Psalm 34: "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)
Indeed, God heard my cries and delivered me from my troubles. But why was I in that den in the first place? It was because I refused to bow down to anyone but God. I refused to compromise my faith and was willing to pay the price for my convictions. As Proverbs 29:25 says, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." (Proverbs 29:25)
I trusted in the Lord, and he kept me safe. He delivered me from the snare of the wicked and set my feet upon a rock. As I look back on that night, I am reminded of Charles Spurgeon's quote (OK, I admit Daniel quoting Spurgeon is unlikely, hey, but everybody else does ), "Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil and let us see what we are made of." Indeed, that night taught me what I was made of. It taught me I was made of faith, courage, and a steadfast commitment to God.
And yet, I am not the hero of this story. The hero is God, who delivered me from the lions and who delivered me from my troubles. As Psalm 18:2 says, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2)
My friends, remember that God is with you whatever trials you face. He is your rock, your fortress, and your deliverer. He will protect you, he will guide you, and he will deliver you from your troubles. So trust in him, and he will make your paths straight. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
May God bless you all and keep you safe amid all your trials and tribulations.