The latest article from Harold S. Martin is a study of Daniel 6, relating the account of Daniel in the Den of Lions. I suppose this story is one of the favorite Old Testament accounts. It has been retold over and over in Sunday schools and Bible story books. I wonder if this amazing account has lost some of its power to those of us who have heard it so often.
I wonder what kind of news headlines would appear if this story played out today. Would it be sensational? “First time ever: Lions refuse their lunch because it is praying.” Maybe the human rights aspect would gain more attention: “Middle eastern king resorts to execution by lions.” Or maybe the political scandal would get the focus: “Prime minister breaks new law just hours after ratification.” Would any reporters notice the secondary and perhaps biggest miracle? “World leader publicly announces belief in the living God.”
Have you ever wondered if God is doing such dramatic miracles today? Maybe you’ve never seen or heard a first-hand account of a modern-day miracle. If that’s the case, I would suggest that you’re getting your news from the wrong source. Unbelievers are not likely to report miracles to you, precisely because they generally don’t believe in them. Go to the accounts of believers, of men and women of fervent prayer who long to know their Savior and do His will. Read the stories of the missionaries, the martyrs, the Christians in hostile nations. They will tell you about miracles.
Really, it’s quite natural for any part of nature to act according to a word from its Creator, however unexpected it might be to us. But of greater eternal consequence is the miracle of a soul receiving divine grace and coming to know the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Do you believe in the living God? If so, won’t you join me? Let’s pray for some miracles.