A Beautiful Picture.

Read Daniel 6:16-22.

16So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
17A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

Because of the king’s decree, he was forced to have Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. He said to Daniel, “Your God, to whom you are so loyal, is going to get you out of this.” (MSG) The king wasn’t a follower of Daniel’s God, yet Daniel’s consistent faith and lifestyle allowed the king to begin to understand the character and faithfulness of God. We interact daily with people who don’t know God. They are watching us, especially if they know that we are followers of Christ. They listen to our words and watch how we treat others. Through our conversations and actions they will form an opinion of God. Will they come to understand a God of love who cares deeply? Let’s use our everyday lives to paint a beautiful picture of the awesome God that we love and serve.

See also Matthew 27:3-4.

3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

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