Quiet Lions

Quiet Lions By Kirk Hunt

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!   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.”

Daniel 6:21–22 NKJV
Read also Daniel 6:1–24

The angel snapped his fingers to get the lions’ attention.  “You are going to host Daniel for the night.  Sorry, but you will be hungry for the evening.”  The lion roars were deafening. 

“If you are going to respond like that, then you don’t get to open your mouths until tomorrow.”  After another snap of his fingers, complete silence fell on the lions’ den.

Daniel landed face down in the lions’ den, because he prayed.  His faith and faithfulness would not allow him to hide.  His love of God exceeded his fear of a powerful king, treacherous courtiers or hungry predators.

Godly people are, at times, thrown to the lions.  Too often, we are punished for doing the right thing.  Even men and women of the strongest faith are not eager for an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter with several Panthera leo.

God does not always deliver us from the lions’ den.  I wish I could tell you we are never lion chow.  What I can promise is that no matter where we go, or what we face, God’s will and grace remains sovereign.

Quiet lions greeted Daniel.  There may be lions roaring in your life, but the God of Daniel, your Father-God, can lead you in quiet security.  Walk with God, even among the predators.

Think:       God can silence the lions of your life.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to trust You through every episode of my life.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, Kirk Hunt

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His Secret Place

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His Secret Place By Kirk Hunt

 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 NKJV

 

Have you ever wondered, where and what is God’s secret place? My only explanation is my experience there. I am quick to go to that place of safety and protection, since it is as close as a prayer from where I stand.

 

The Hebrew word cether means “cover” or “hiding place.” To dwell in His secret place is to be protected, and possibly undetected, by the adversities of life. There, under His influence and sway, the hard and harsh of life must stand back. And it is possible you cannot be seen at all.

 

Life in the real world is not always easy or pleasant. Even for God’s people. Still, we can step out of the heat and clamor, and into the cool and quiet of God.

 

You will have to go back out there. You will eventually have to face your circumstances, using the strength that God gives. Still, for a minute or three, you can be at rest in the security that only God can offer.

 

His secret place is sanctuary, rest and security for His people. There, under His influence and power, you can be at rest from the tasks and travails of your life. Only God can provide so complete a hidden sanctuary, in plain sight.

 

Think:             His secret place of protection and safety is only a prayer away.

 

Pray:             “Father-God, I thank You for Your place of sanctuary for me.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2015, Kirk Hunt

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God’s Protection

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God’s Protection by Kirk Hunt

 

Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.

Genesis 37:18 NKJV

 

In another 5 verses, the sons of Jacob would betray their brother.  Murder would only be averted through greed.  Thankfully, the strength of God’s protection would exceed the strength of the threat. Joseph lived in, and through, God’s protection.

 

Joseph’s protection was not intended to avert all inconvenience or hardship.  Joseph would be separated from his father and brothers for 20 years.  He would serve as a slave, then convict, for 13 years.  Yet, in a day, he became the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt.

 

Perhaps you feel you are the focus of a hostile conspiracy yourself.  It may seem the only thing that anyone agrees on is that you are the target.  Their numbers and firepower do not matter.

 

God is your shield.  His protection will make sure you get to His purpose for you.  There may be inconvenience, or hardship, on the path.  At the end, you will fulfill your calling in safety and security.

 

God’s protection is deeper and stronger than their threat.  Your hardship or inconvenience will serve only to benefit you in fulfilling your purpose.  The conspiracies will not block your purpose, unless you let them.

 

Think:            God’s protection exceeds every threat.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be at peace as I live in, and through, Your protection.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2013, Kirk Hunt

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