" The angel of the Lord encamps around those
who fear him, and he delivers them"(Psalms 34:7).
Daniel in the lion's den
In ancient times, among the Jews who were captives in Babylon, there was a young man named Daniel.
1. He was wise, and intelligent.
2. He was sincere and honest with God.
3. He was from the royal family, and later became a prince of Babylon.
The king trusted Daniel. Because of this, many ministers envied Daniel. They began to look for faults in him so that they could get rid of him.
But they could not find any bad things about him. Daniel was a righteous and sincere man.
What was his secret?
It was that he prayed three times a day every day. The Ministers who saw it said, "This is the perfect opportunity!" They plotted together and went to the king.
They said, "Oh King! You are equal to God. In order to teach it to the people, O king! You must order such a command whoever makes petition or prayer to any god except you, shall be cast into the den of lions. And so people shall exalt the king still more." The king listened to their flattery and decided to give such an order.
According to the order, Daniel should be in a difficult situation. But, for him, worshiping God came first.
So Daniel went to his house and, as usual, prayed three times a day opening his windows toward Jerusalem.
When the Ministers saw this, they were highly pleased. They ran to the palace of the king hastily and said, "O, King, we found a man who disobeyed your commandment. The king ordered at once, "Throw him into the den of lions".
But, after he was heard who that man was, the king was very surprised. For it was Daniel. How could the king kill Daniel, such a sincere and wise man? But the law of the kingdom could not be changed.
The king had Daniel arrested and thrown into the den of lions. Then the king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!" And the king ordered a stone brought and laid it upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords.
After doing it, the king's heart was heavy. He could neither eat nor sleep.
The king regretted his foolish act of ordering that Daniel be thrown into the lion’s den and soon as the son rose, he ran to the den alone. He called for Daniel while crying.
The king thought that the lions had devoured Daniel. But the voice of Daniel was heard from the den. "O, King, I didn't die. My God whom I serve sent an angel and kept me from the mouths of the lions. It was because God knew I was innocent.
The king took Daniel out of the den and was glad to take him by the hand. And the king brought all the ministers who had plotted against Daniel and cast them into the den instead of Daniel.
But this time, before they reached the bottom of the den, the hungry lions overpowered them and broke all their bones into pieces. This fact is written in Daniel, chapter 6.
Angels protected Daniel who obeyed God sincerely. Even lions could do nothing but shut their mouths in the presence of the angel. If we obey God like Daniel, God will protect us too.
Elisha and the Chariots of Fire
In ancient times, the prophet Elisha kept Israel from being attacked by the king of another country. It was because Elisha informed his king in advance how the enemy troops would attack.
The king of the enemy country decided to capture Elisha. So he found Elisha’s village and surrounded it one night. The Elisha’s servant got up early in the morning and went outside. Then he saw that the enemy troops had encircled the village, and the sight shocked him. He thought they couldn't escape them at all. The servant turned deadly pale with fright and ran into Elisha’s room and cried, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"(2 Kings 6:15).
But Elisha wasn’t afraid at all and rather consoled, "Don't be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them"(2 Kings 6:16).
But the servant couldn't be assured at all.
Elisha saw the trembling servant and prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." (2 Kings 6:17) Then God opened his eyes and let him see the sight that he couldn't see before.
When his eyes were opened, the servant could see many horses and chariots of fire. They were more than that of the enemy, and filled the village.
The troops who he could not see at first were the Angels.
"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them"(Psalms 34:7).
Protection of an Angel
A missionary went to a neighboring village to preach the gospel of Jesus. It was deep in a mountainside, so he had to climb down that mountain to get there. But he went on bravely for Jesus. The road got too steep for him to continue. He prayed earnestly on the rock. "Oh, God! Please send me an angel and help me. Let me get down this mountain safely and let me preach your words. And he began to walk again and reached the village safely. When he knocked on the door of the first house, the family members came out and looked him up and down strangely.
A man asked, "Where did your fellow go?" The missionary answered, "A fellow? Am I coming with someone else? No. I came alone."
Then the man asked again, "No, we saw that you were coming down from the mountain. Certainly there was another person beside you. Where on earth did he go?"
Then the missionary realized who it was.
It was an angel. Angels are "ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation"(Hebrews 1:14).
Angels protect us when we encounter a danger and help us understand when we study the word of God. The Bible says that the number of angels is uncountable.
Since so many angels are watching over us, we can feel safe. The troops of angels shall keep us from our enemies as they kept Elisha.
It is a wonderful promise that angels watch over us all the time.
There is a more wonderful promise in the Bible.
"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age"(Matthew 28:20).
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gathered the disciples and ordered them to deliver the Gospel to the whole world.
Also Jesus promised that He would be with the disciples to the end of the age. Of course we who are studying? "With Jesus" included these disciples, too. If Jesus is with us, we can live with joy all the time.
If we do bad things, Jesus will feel sad.
Let's pray not to give Jesus sorrow.
Let's pray for Him to be with us continuously.
He teaches us the right way
We sometimes encounter a difficult problem. Then we don't know what to do. At that time what do you think to do? I'll show you the best way.
First, let's ask Jesus to teach us the right way. "He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way"(Psalms 25:9).
God teaches us a better way when we ask with a humble mind. When God teaches us the right way, we must obey with joy and follow it as he wants us to. We should not boast of our wisdom or strength and follow God's Word humbly.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him"(James 1:5).
When we ask the wisdom with humility, God gives it to us enough.
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go"(Psalms 32:8).
It is really a wonderful promise. It means that God watches our steps and teaches us where to go.
The King Solomon succeeded David as a king of Israel.
Young Solomon worried about how he would govern Israel well. God came to Solomon one night in a dream and said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you"(2 Chronicles 1:7).
Then Solomon answered, "Give me now wisdom and knowledge so that I can rule over this kingdom well." God was glad when Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge humbly and said, "Since ... you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, or for the death of your enemies, and I will also give you wealth, riches and honor..." (2 Chronicles 1:11). As God promised, Solomon became very wise, and he enjoyed more wealth and honor than anybody ever had in his lifetime.
Promise of peace and happiness
When your parents were young, there was a miserable war in our country. There are still wars in other places, even today.
People try to make peace in the world, but at the same time they are preparing for the next war. People who live in such an atmosphere are trembling with fear.
It is a common wish of all people to be released from that fear.
"Peace I leave with you...”(John 14:27).
The peace of Jesus is a different kind of peace. His peace is for our minds.
Jesus saves us from sins and points us to heaven and frees us from all suffering. Doesn't that certain promise assure peace? Whoever believes in Jesus and wants peace in Him, can have this promise.
It is a wonderful thing. Let's pray now that He gives us the peace of mind.
David sang, "I'll lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety"(Psalms 4:8).
David sang like this, after he had experienced the peace in Jesus. Such peace is true happiness, isn't it?
Let's remember Jesus' promise, about peace and happiness. Besides this one, we have a lot of promises from Him. All His promises say that we will be happy if we believe and follow the Word of Jesus. Let's believe Jesus' promise and live with Him.
"Never will I leave you never will I forsake you"(Hebrews 13:5).
Let's pray so that we may always keep this promise in our minds. And let's thank God for giving us such a wonderful promise.