Uncompromised Deliverance [Daniel 6]

 

Uncompromised

The story of Daniel in the lion’s den is an awesome story, one I’ve heard a number of times growing up. However, just recently I was impacted by the story of Daniel in a  different way. It was whilst listening to a sermon from our pastor (Andrew), when a picture came to mind (drawn above).

I don’t claim this is a ‘prophetic painting’, or even necessarily say it directly inspired by God. Considering my level of art expertise – I doubt this stuff had divine intervention (although I am the least artistic person I know, so maybe this is a miracle in itself).

What is most important is to direct our focus to God in this situation, considering how he did (and continues to do) the impossible.

This is just my way of expressing an interesting thought that came to mind. I’ll try to explain my thinking into how this picture relates to the story of Daniel.

But first, some context.

Daniel was one of three administrators to the kings and high officials, to supervise and protect the king’s best interests. Daniel was a man of integrity. He was faithful, responsible and trustworthy. So much so that when others became jealous of him and were looking for reasons to kick him out of government, they found nothing. They couldn’t find fault in this guy.

Knowing he had a faith with some God, these jealous co-workers hatched a plan. They managed to convince the King (Darius) to set a new law in place: For thirty days if anyone prays to anything except the King, they would be thrown into the lion’s den.

Having heard this new law, Daniel still went home and prayed as he usually did. In fact, he continued to pray three times a day from the view of his window. Daniel was later found out for praying and was sent to the lion’s den, despite the King’s efforts to stop the ordeal (he valued Daniel pretty dang highly).

The next morning, the King came to check if Daniel was alive, fearing the worst. Daniel responds from the den, giving praise to God who had sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions.

God snatched victory from the jaws of lions (defeat). One of the best comeback performances of all time if you like – would have made for an excellent highlights package (if cameras were a thing). But we still have the match report in the Bible, a trustworthy historical source. An awesome summary of God’s deliverance in a situation where the odds for victory were ridiculous, next to impossible.

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THE PICTURE EXPLAINED

The clenched fist is universally seen as a sign of defiance, or rebellion. It has been used in various movements across the world, where people stand firm against an event or issue. Unfortunately the clenched fist is often characterised by the ‘white supremacy’ movement. Recent uses of the clenched fist have also appeared in logos to represent certain groups, such as the band Rise Against or the AFL team Port Power (subtle plug). Whether a large scale global movement or a smaller scale arts/sporting group, many utilise this image as their sign of defiance, solidarity or non-conformity.

However the clenched fist is also a sign of the desperate need to be saved. Something I’m sure many (especially us Australians) learn early in life is that if you’re drowning, not to wave open-palmed for help, as the signal may be confused as having fun, saying hello, etc. We are told to raise a clenched fist to indicate we are drowning, need help.

Daniel, in the story of the lion’s den, typifies both fists.

Daniel was defiant. Andrew (in his sermon) described Daniel as being ‘uncompromised’ in his convictions. He was not willing to let the world sway his faith in God. Yet despite this stand of faith, Daniel was also in desperate need of saving. He was about to be thrown into a den of hungry lions, seemingly looking death in the face(s).

Daniel was facing his ‘drowning moment’, if you like. Despite his integrity, his willingness to defy the world – things weren’t looking flash. He needed help.

But through the situation God rewarded Daniel’s uncompromising faith, regardless of circumstance. He showed Daniel first-hand the promised deliverance God would give him in the den (hence play on words in picture title).

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DRAWING THE COMPARISON

The Bible has many stories where people have suffered seemingly impossible, potentially disastrous situations. But because of their faith, have been saved.

God didnt save Noah from the flood, but through it – providing insight and knowledge prior to the event. God didn’t save Shadrach, Meshash and Abednego from the fire, but through it – ensuring none of them were even burnt. God didn’t save Daniel from the lion’s den, but through it – shutting the lions mouths so they couldn’t harm him.

God doesn’t hold his children back from experiencing hard times. In fact, he didn’t hold himself back. In this life, we are not held back from entering the lions den. We are not held back from the fires we are thrown into.

But we are promised one thing – deliverance beyond the grave.

You may not experience a once-off, life changing experience like Daniel in the Den. Maybe you think your life story is pretty boring, average at best.

But truth is, we already have a testimony far greater than any other.

That we are not saved from death, but through it. 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Uncompromised Deliverance [Daniel 6]

    • Jonathan Camac April 28, 2016 / 2:50 am

      Thanks mate! Appreciate the time you took to read it 🙂 hope it was helpful!

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  1. grendaliskingsite May 26, 2016 / 3:18 am

    Ok Jon, you have been given a message, you will get use to it, and no it does not mean that you are the next Prophet, but it also does not count it out either, not in your Religion. No I am not having a dig.

    Also it shows water and the fist, which for you Aussies means help, and now all you need to do is work out who needs help and what kind of help, this is as simple as it gets, and yes it was sent from someone (Angels included) upstairs. Take it from one who gets images like that from my Gods and sometime I will find the answer and know what I need to do. You have opened your mind through your Faith in God to a new understanding, and while many of your fellow Christians will not understand nor except, keep your Faith in God as your shield and listen with your eyes, ears and mind open, you will never know when you will get another one. Oh and be mindful of sudden e-mail like ideas which suddenly pop into your brain while getting on with life, as they will be important as well, trust me on this.

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    • Jonathan Camac May 26, 2016 / 5:17 am

      Lots of big ideas thrown around there mate! I don’t exactly label this blog as a direct message given from angels. Jesus defeated death – and that alone is the real hero of the story. Anything I do pales hopelessly in comparison. Appreciate the advice. Thanks for reading!

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  2. theancients May 29, 2016 / 12:27 am

    When even your enemies & gov’t agencies can find no fault in you, that’s a righteous man right there!
    May God help me to live accordingly.

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  3. amomlikeme June 22, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Great read! I had never heard about the fists as opposed to open hands example, but it makes perfect sense! Your words are so true, God brings us through the fires and lion’s dens of life, and I think that is an excellent testimony of His greatness! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Jonathan Camac June 22, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Appreciate the feedback! Isn’t it unreal. That death itself might have its power broken is just out of this world (literally). All glory to God! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  4. baroquemk June 28, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Wow. Incredible post! I have been wanting to write on a similar theme for a while now, especially how God will always deliver us, but it might not be the way we expect. He can deliver from or deliver through. Very encouraging post, thanks for writing it! –Libby

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    • Jonathan Camac June 28, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Our God is so good. It’s so cool when you have an idea, and then you find somebody else has written out exactly how you feel. Reading others’ blogs is so good. Bless you 🙂

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  5. Greg July 1, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Loved your post. I just don’t agree with the very last sentence of your post because I view it as “The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26. I don’t believe we are saved through death. Otherwise I loved your post and agreed with it 😂

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    • Jonathan Camac July 1, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      What I meant is this. Death is already abolished – Jesus smashed it 2000 odd years ago. But he still doesn’t hold us back from experiencing painful deaths, such as what he did. The beauty of it is that death itself isn’t the end for us – through death we are saved and go on to life with him and his people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Greg! 🙂

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      • Greg July 1, 2016 / 2:56 pm

        Thanks for your clarification. Although I believe in the Bible I do hold the view that death is sleep and not so pleasant (there’s still hope though), but that’s a different subject altogether. Thanks for the post though.

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      • Jonathan Camac July 2, 2016 / 7:03 am

        No problems brother! Thanks for having a look.

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  6. Hope July 1, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    I really like your photos. I also liked how you took a chance to make art.

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    • Jonathan Camac July 2, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      I don’t do art very often, I usually limit myself to stick figures haha. Thanks for having a look 🙂

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  7. The True Light! July 12, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Another excellent post! You are quite the writer…

    Steve

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      • The True Light! July 13, 2016 / 3:15 pm

        It is my pleasure to visit your blog! I appreciate the message you are putting forth…

        Steve

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  8. Anna Waldherr December 5, 2016 / 4:47 am

    I really enjoy your writing. You use a casual style, but pack a powerful punch. Good job!

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    • Jonathan Camac January 8, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Same hey. What a gritty, uncompromised faith to look death in the face and have full confidence that Jesus has power over it.

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