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My God is…working signs and wonders Daniel 6:25-28

Daniel 6:25-28 – Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language throughout the whole lion-kingworld: “May you have abundant prosperity! I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel:

For he is the living God,
enduring forever.
His kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion has no end.
He delivers and rescues,
he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth;
for he has saved Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language throughout the whole world

You may remember this passage of scripture. Our reading for today shows up right after Daniel was removed from the Lions’ den. He had been put in the lions’ den because he was worshiping God instead of relying on the king. Some of the king’s servants had set Daniel up so that King Darius would have to punish Daniel for worshiping his Lord. Daniel didn’t succumb to the pressure though. He trusted that the Lord would see Him through. And Daniel was punished. He was put in the Lion’s Den to be killed. That didn’t happen, because Daniel trusted God and God closed the mouths of the Lions.

Who/what are your lions?

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been wrongly put in the lion’s den? Do you feel like you’ve been trying to do the right thing – faithful to God and family, but you seem to step in it at every turn? No matter what you do, it feels like everyone is attacking? We can relate to Daniel, can’t we. We might not have actual lions (and yes that would be way worse), but we do often feel attacked. I dare say the closer and more reliant you become on the Lord, the more often you will feel attacked. King Darius and Daniel were close. King Darius liked Daniel. He didn’t want to put him in the Lion’s den, but he did, because of his pride. But Daniel remained faithful to the Lord, and the Lord remained faithful to Daniel. He shut the mouths of the Lions, and Daniel was spared. King Darius was thrilled. He could no longer deny that there was one who was superior even to himself, the King. He recognized that Daniel’s God was responsible for shutting the mouths of the lions. Then King Darius sent word to everyone (all over the world) telling them they should trust in the Lord. What a witness he must have been for the Lord.

 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel

What a strange and wonderful thing was happening here. King Darius was not fighting to up his standing, but instead pointed to God and gave God the glory. He witnessed and spoke to the people, encouraging them to have awe and respect for the God of Daniel.

Then as any good leader, King Darius laid out the reasons the people should fear and tremble before God:

  • For he is the living God, enduring forever.
  • His kingdom shall never be destroyed
  • His dominion has no end.
  • He delivers and rescues
  • He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth
  • He has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.

He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth

King Darius had seen a miracle with his own eyes, and once he knew the truth about God, he couldn’t keep it to himself. In what ways has God helped you? What signs and wonders in your life can you point to that reveal the Lord to you and can be part of your witness to others? Here is a list of some of the things that the Lord has done in my life that are part of my belief and trust in Him. (I encourage you to make your own list of signs and wonders too).

Signs and Wonders

  • Born into a Christian Family
  • Went to Christian Schools
  • Worked at a Christian Camp
  • Have always had a job when I wanted one (especially the miracle of working at Fountain of Life and Greenfeet)
  • Married a Christian man (who wasn’t a Christian when I met him)
  • Had twins
  • Son’s heart condition was healed
  • I have kind loving sons
  • I have an amazing sister
  • My in-laws are amazing
  • I have always been a member of amazing churches that love the Lord
  • I got to live in England
  • My MS isn’t as bad as it should be

There are so many more, I could go on and on and on and on. I’m sure you could too. Each tragedy, each success can all point back to God. When we trust in God, it is easier for us to see how He is working in our lives. Sometimes it’s not as easy at the time, but as we come through it, it is often revealed what He was helping us to work on in the process. Sometimes we may never know. Daniel probably wondered why he had to go through being in the Lion’s Den, but then the Lord used it to His own glory. No less than King Darius was shouting God’s praises to the roof tops.

What has God done in your life?

 

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My God is…Rescuing Daniel 3:29 and Daniel 6:27

Daniel 3:29 – Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a Close-up shot of roaring lionword against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!”

Daniel 6:27 – 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.

You’re going through a lot right now

You are facing a lot of things right now. You have a lot on your plate. I know I do. I have relationships that give me trouble, trying to be successful at work, I have struggles with my health and the health of others all while trying to glorify the Lord and in general get my act together. We definitely all face our troubles.

Ever feel like you’re banging your head against the wall?

As I sit here writing this, I hear the crazy robin in our backyard. He keeps flying into our window. I think he’s eating fermented berries off our tree, sees his reflection in the window and picks a fight with himself. He’s been banging his head against the window so hard it now has blood all over it. I think sometimes we’re like this dumb bird (drunk or not). We see something that looks like a problem, and we try to fix it ourselves, but all we seem to do is keep hitting our head against the wall. Sometimes I think we even truly hurt ourselves, maybe even with some permanent damage. Trying to help, I’ve put our ladder in front of the window. Hopefully that will at least help him to know this isn’t the way to handle this problem.

Are you looking for answers?

So what is the answer? Sometimes our problems are so bad they seem like there’s no way out. That even God couldn’t fix the mess we’ve made. We feel like we’ve tried every possible option. Maybe we’ve tried every humanly possible option, but the verses I selected above are from two amazing stories; Daniel and the Lion’s den and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace. In both of these stories these men pissed off the King by not worshiping them or their god. Our first verse is King Nebuchadnezzar’s response to God saving Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego after they had been thrown in the fiery furnace for not worshiping the idol King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The three had survived and come out unharmed from the furnace, and the king said, “There is no other god who can rescue like this!”. Then later Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for not worshiping the king, but again the Lord rescued him and closed the mouth of the lion. King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and said, ”

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.”

Feel like you’ve been raked over the coals or fed to the lions? 

Don’t worry, no matter what you’re going through, God can rescue you. He will save you. We may try everything we can think of to fix a situation. We may think that there is no other way it can be fixed, but that’s only because we’re looking at human ways to fix things. God has his own ways. Ways that defy the normal laws of nature: Fire burns people or Lions eat meat when they’re hungry. These things didn’t work the way they usually do, because God is bigger than those problems, and He’s bigger than our problems too. Whatever you’re going through, whatever is weighing heavy on your heart, let God take care of it, because He can handle anything that’s going on in our lives. We can trust Him to care for us like He did Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

Are you being raked over the coals?

 

 

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