Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8 KJV
I spent time in ministry leadership prior to moving across the country. And admittedly, it was a very trying time in my life. It was also a very rewarding time in my relationship with Jesus as it brought me closer to Him.
I have recently come to understand Daniel, in the lion’s den. God did not only shut the mouths of the animal, but the mouths of Daniel’s enemies. Because of Daniel’s obedience to God and continual prayer, not only was Daniel brought closer to God, but also the king and an entire nation came to know the One, True God.
In my case, I faced many struggles and trials from the very beginning from individuals that were supposed to be “on my team.” I had to learn that it was not about me, but about Jesus. Situations I could not comprehend for the life of me, make sense now. Children and youth God entrusted under my direction whom were suicidal and hanging on by their last thread at the time are still here and serving God today, not because of me, but by the grace of God. They learned of God’s mercy and grace, they developed their own, individual relationships with God. They were provided a safe space where they could share, ask questions, and seek God.
I thank God that He put me in that place, at that time. I’m thankful that He shut the mouths of the lions although I was placed in the den. I can only imagine how Daniel must have felt while being in the den, surrounded by the lions, knowing that God was His refuge and strength, still LIONS! Unsure of when he would make it out, IF he would make it out alive, all he had was faith in God, moment by moment. I’ve been there – maybe not in an actual den with real life lions, but the unseen lions, the lions that can dwell in humans can be even scarier at times, never knowing when they’ll pounce…
Thankfully we serve God Almighty who is our Shield and Protector, the Lion of Judah, He who shuts the mouths of lions.