16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.
18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians [fn2] were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
photo found at http://www.kctd.org/2012/06/my-own-lions-den/
Daniel believed God and was rewarded with an adventurous life of faithfulness and service in which God proved Daniel’s faith was valid and reliable. Daniel knew his God and trusted him; this same God who sent his son, Jesus, to pay for the sins of the world and offer to each man, woman, and child an opportunity for an adventure-filled life of freedom in Him. He is who He says He is; He does what He says He will do. Do we know who we are in Him? Do we follow His example and do what we say we will? Daniel’s faith brought tests to see if his faith was true. He passed his tests. We can too. Tested and tried, found true.