Then the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. Daniel 6:23 (NKJV)
When God does something, it usually has more than one purpose. Such was the case with Daniel’s deliverance from the lions’ den. This miracle not only saved Daniel’s life, but it also served to accomplish something in King Darius, who had been a bystander to the entire event.
Darius found himself in an awkward position. He loved and respected Daniel but was also the one who approved the very law that condemned the prophet. According to his own law, Darius was unable to overturn the decree that would send his friend to the lions’ den. He was bound by law to punish Daniel, but he was also bound by guilt for having played a part in his apparent death.
The king was restless that entire night and went down to the den early in the morning. Is it possible…could it be… was Daniel’s God able to save him? His questions were answered by the prophet’s heartfelt greeting. “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me…” (Daniel 6:21–22 NKJV). Now notice how Darius responded to Daniel’s deliverance:
Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. (Daniel 6:25–27 NKJV)
Most Bible scholars believe this proves that Darius came to a saving faith in the true and living God! Here’s the point: A lot of our trials are being used in other people’s lives. Bystanders are watching us every day as we go through difficulties. They want to see how our God delivers us—and when He does, it might be the very thing that brings them into His kingdom.
Think About It…