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Daily Thread: Student Edition

July 20th, 2009

Occasionally, I take the opportunity to share with all Daily Thread readers a particularly exquisite thought from one of my students.  This thread was written by Zach Warrick, a senior in our ministry.  I think you’ll enjoy.

Closing the Lion’s Mouth

by Zach Warrick

Fear is a problem that faces all of us every single day.  It materializes in newspapers, peers out of television sets, and pops up on web browsers and internet home pages.  As a culture, we live in a state of trepidation.  Often, this fear can be traced to concrete sources.  In World War II, it was the Nazis.  During the Cold War Era, it was Russia.  Currently, it is an economic depression or a sudden nuclear war.  Every day, a new “source” of fear can be found.  North Korea, African dictators, and angry mobs in the Middle East are all headlines that, if you googled them, would show up immediately.  We have a fear issue in our world. As Christians, what are we supposed to do about it?

The Bible has many examples of humble humans scared out of their minds.  Just look at Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, or Daniel.  These men were in tune with God but still faced fear. How did they overcome it?

20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.  Daniel 6:20-23 (NLT)

If anyone had the right to be afraid, it was Daniel.  He was thrown into a den of lions and left for dead.  It says that a stone was placed over the mouth of the pit and sealed so that no one could rescue him.  Daniel had no earthly chance of surviving the lions’ teeth, but when Darius rolled back the stone the next day, Daniel was alive!  The Bible says that “not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in God.”

Trusting in God is the only way to combat our fear-saturated world.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

God is with us wherever we go. He has given us a spirit “not of timidity but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline”.  His presence is protecting us from the “lions.”

Giving God control of our lives will shut the mouth of the fearsome felines that are stalking us.  It’s not always easy to let fear go, but we have a God that will make our burdens light.

The next time I feel fear nipping at my heels, I want to remember that my God is standing right beside me, and He has His hand firmly over that lion’s mouth.


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