In preparing to lead the RENOV8 CONFERENCE an the opportunity to speak a few times throughout this busy weekend I have been reminded of how often I read a Bible story and so quickly forget what it is trying to teach me.
We’ve seen the flannel graphs. We’ve heard the bedtime story; we’ve even done the drama in Sunday school. Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Been there, done that.
The fact is that it is very easy to skip right past the most important lesson of this story. I call it the faith to face lions.
When we study the example of Daniel we are so quick to say, “Wow, what a courageous dude… to stand up to the bullies and pray even though it was against the law fully well knowing he would be thrown into a lion’s den.
The decision for him was made long before this fateful day. Daniel didn’t wake up on that morning and say, “You know what…today I feel like breaking the law…I am going to pray to God even though I’m not really supposed too!”
Daniel made his decision to serve and obey God long ago when he was a teenager. Back in the good ole days when he was basically kidnapped from his home, forced to live in a strange land, and forced to give up his faith.
Except Daniel didn’t give in and He didn’t give up. As a teen, he determined to live out his faith, despite the consequences. Even in the little things. That’s real faith. Faith when nobody is looking. Faith that is ready for anything that life may throw at it.
Somewhere down the road it’s pretty much a guarantee that we will all face the lion’s den. Just like Daniel we will be forced to make a decision that will determine what kind of impact you will have on your world.
Whether you are a parent or a student…are you prepared to stand firm on what God is calling you to do?
Here are a few questions to think about as we go into this weekend:
- Are their small/big compromises that are staring you in the face?
- What is your plan of action? Remember the old saying, “If you fail to plan – you plan to fail”
- What are you doing today to plant the seeds of faith that can stand confident in the face of our lions?