What would you have done if you were Daniel? Do you think you would have kept trusting in God to protect you, even after you were throw into a lions' den? I think I would have been very scared!
When was the last time you had to be very brave?
Daniel was a good man. He worked hard and did everything that he was supposed to. He was so good that the king wanted to give him an even more important job to do.
Sadly lots of other important people didn't like the fact that the King was going to make Daniel more powerful. They tricked the king into making a law which would hurt Daniel. The law said that people should only worship the king for the next 30 days. Daniel knew that it was wrong to worship the king so he continued praying to God.
When the king found out, he had to throw Daniel in the lions den. This made the King very sad. Even though it was hard, Daniel kept trusting in God, and God sent angels to close the lions' mouths. Daniel was safe! Horray! The next day the king changed the rules so that everyone had to worship God instead. He said,
“For he [God] is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
Today we are not going to be thrown into a lions' den for not believing in God, but sometimes it can be very hard to stand up for God.
Every time you stand up this week, ask God to help you have courage like Daniel to stand up for him. Maybe you could practise now by standing up and sitting down 5 times and asking God to give you courage like Daniel.
Dear God, please help me to have the courage to stand up for you this week. Amen.