Daniel is one of the most courageous characters in the Bible, but not for the reason we usually think.

When telling the story of Daniel most people focus on Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den itself. But there are actually no verses in the Bible explaining what he experienced or did while in the lions’ den. Why? Because Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den isn’t the point. Once Daniel gets thrown in the lions’ den, what is he really going to be able to do? Disempowering the lions was something that God did, not Daniel.

Daniel’s courage was shown in the way he lived everyday. His enemies made up a law forbidding prayer to anyone but the king so they could catch him praying to God and so have him thrown into the lions’ den. And yet he still prayed. That’s real courage.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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