What’s Your Lion?

Earlier this week I was reading the book of Daniel and the portion where Daniel is thrown into the lions den and is found the next morning alive jumped out at me. The king was astounded by what the God Daniel served had done on his behalf. That’s when I thought, “what’s your lion?” I began to reflect on my own life and think about what God has delivered me from that leave people wondering “how did she get out of that?” I thought about my own lions and thought about the God I serve. If He did it for Daniel, He can do it for me too, right? What’s the lion roaring at you and trying to put fear in your heart? What’s the lion trying to devour you? What’s the lion that looks too big to conquer? I don’t know about you, but the same God that delivered Daniel delivered me too. Sometimes God allows lions to rise up in our lives not to hurt us, but to show others He’s our deliverer. Sometimes it’s really not about us, but about the ones around us. After all, we are ambassadors of Christ. God also warns us of these lions. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” So again I ask, what’s roaring at you? Think about it and confront it. Be like Daniel and trust in God and face the very thing that was made to destroy you. It’s not easy, but with God all things are possible. Maybe addiction is your lion or maybe divorce is roaring at you and threatening your marriage. God is able to work miracles in your marriage and use that to show others that their marriage can be restored too. Maybe you’re like me and depression and anxiety is roaring at you and you think that you’re done for. Maybe your convinced that this time you’re going to be devoured, that this time you’re going to lose your mind and that you would be better off dead, but the Devil is a liar. This is where God delivers you in front of the people that left you for dead. This is where God sends His angels to fight on your behalf and shut the mouths of the lions once and for all. This is the part where God shows off and proves Himself in your life. There is hope even if you’re in a dark place surrounded by things designed to steal your joy, kill your faith and destroy your purpose. In that uncomfortable place you can find comfort in God because He is there. In that sad situation, you can find joy because God’s presence is with you and in His presence there is fullness of joy. I can’t leave out that fact that Daniel had a relationship with God. Daniel was someone who prayed and fasted, he was righteous and wise. We can learn a lot from Daniel. His name literally means “God is my judge”. In this life where it seems like everyone around you wants to have an opinion on your life and decisions it’s good to remember that God is your judge, not people. Gods word is the final word. I desire that kind of relationship with God. I want my hunger for God to be greater than my hunger for food. I don’t want the people in my life to see my problem, but to see Gods promise. We need to all understand and learn that being a blessed man or woman of God doesn’t exempt us from problems. It doesn’t give us a get out of jail free card. It gives us peace knowing that this too shall pass. That the same God who did it before can do it again. Daniel was a blessed and gifted man whom God used and yet he had to endure a lot. It’s no different for us. We are going to face lions in life, we will have a lot of things roaring at us, but it cannot touch us. We are covered by the blood of Jesus and no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Finally, brothers and sisters I leave you with this promise from God, Matthew 24:13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

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