Summary: Satan prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We are the prey he wants to destroy. Each believer faces attacks. We must learn how to survive the attack when Satan seeks to devour us. So, What do you do when you find yourself on the menu?
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE ON THE MENU!
1 Pet 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Dan 6:1-9 It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom, 2 and over them three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”
6 Then these commissioners and satraps came by agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: “King Darius, live forever! 7 All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.
* The true roaring lions in this story are not the actual lions, but these 2 commissioners and the satraps. They have prowled and set the trap for Daniel in order to destroy him. They knew he was a man of honor and conviction and would not forsake his God.
* Daniel, though, had to choose whether he would obey man or obey God!! Lions are hungry!!
SO, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE ON THE MENU?
1. BE FAITHFUL TO GOD.
** Remember- Daniel wasn’t guilty of any kind of corruption. They were not going to trap him for being unfaithful, but for being faithful.
Dan 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
The question is “Will Daniel remain faithful to death?”
At some point in your life you may find yourself in a hard situation.
It may be demanded of you to sacrifice your morals, principles, and Christian witness or suffer the consequences at work, school, etc.
* You need to decide up front how you will respond. In my life, the times I’ve stood firm, God has always blessed me in the end.
Dan 6:11-14 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.” 14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him
The trap has been sprung, Daniel has been snared, and the lions are ready to destroy him. The King loved and respected Daniel and sought to find a way out of this bad situation.
2. REALIZE YOUR LIMITATIONS.
Dan 6:15-18a Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.” 16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” 17 A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel. 18 Then the king went off to his palace