Man-eating Miracle

2LIONSCOUPLE-INCAGEMy 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. …”  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 6:22-23 NLT)

It was Easter Sunday.  At a church in West Africa, the congregation was absorbed in worshiping God and giving glory to him for his sacrifice and resurrection.  They had no idea that danger had entered their village.

That danger came in the form of a lioness.  Wild and angry, she entered the village, killed several livestock animals, and two people.  As she approached the congregation, they realized what was happening and shook with fear.  But their pastor shouted, “Don’t be afraid!  The God that saved Daniel from the lions is here!”  And with that, a lightning bolt shot out of the clear blue sky and struck the lioness, killing her instantly.  When the police showed up to investigate, all they could say was, “The God of these people must be a God of miracles.”

God is a God of miracles.  And he’s not afraid to use his power to protect his people.  I think though that his people could do a better job trusting him.  Here in America, we think we’re pretty self-sufficient.  We have our own houses, jobs, multiple ways to make food in even the tiniest kitchen, places to exercise, to relax, to hang out with friends.  Maybe in all this luxury, we forget that the entire universe is held together by God’s hands alone and that we are entirely dependent on him.  God made this world perfect all the way down to the last oxygen molecule so earth would be safe for human life.

Human beings really can’t do anything independently.  Everything we do relies on God in someway.  We just don’t realize it.

Take time today to tell God you trust him.  Take time to remind yourself that you are not truly in control of anything but you know the One who is.  When tough times come, we don’t have to be afraid because God is on our side and He has the power to make miracles happen.

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