“…who through faith obtained promises, topped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire” (Hebrews 11:33, 34).).
Once, a brother wrote me the following. “Sir, among my brothers, God has saved me alone. My brothers are furious on hearing that I have become a Christian and I feel as though I am in the midst of the lions.
A young girl who had gone to her husband’s place after marriage wrote me “Sir, I have gone to my husband’s home leaving my parents. But the seven sisters of my husband and their mother are torturing me to an unbearable level. They don’t even allow me to talk to my husband. I don’t know how long I am going to live amidst these lions.”
Scripture says that divine people shut the mouths of the lions. When a lion came to attack a lamb of David, with faith he caught it by its beard and killed it by striking with his rod. When a lion came to attack Samson, with faith he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. What is the promise of God? “You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (Psalm 91:13).
Dear children of God, read the book of Daniel with care. He belonged to Jerusalem which was in Israel. Babylon was an enemy country for him. When he obtained the high position, all the heads, astrologers and the magicians became hostile towards him. They cunningly planned to push him down at any cost. They were more cunning than the fox and were strong like a lion. They all assembled and thought of pushing Daniel into the lion’s den. But Daniel had a special faith in him.
He might have pronounced his faith like this. “These lions can never commit evil against me. God will never betray me into the hands of these lions. I will shut the mouths of these lions. When the King of Judah is with me, these worldly lions cannot do any harm to me.” The lions which were around Daniel in the den were the hungry ones. They were the ones longing for food. He did not strike and kill the lion as David did. He did not tear the lion apart as Samson did. He shut the mouths of all the lions at the same time.
Dear children of God, your own people may be around you as lions. Enemies may be there as lions. They may be like lions which look friendly in front but treacherous at the back. Be faithful to God. Lions could not trouble you. They shall by any means hurt you.
To meditate: “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20).