The Lord always protects His people. Daniel’s survival in the lions’ den is a vivid example of the relentless care and security God offers to us. This does not mean, however, that our outcomes after adversity will always be as favorable as what we read here. Stated differently, the trials we face in the immediate do not negate what God provides for us eternally. Though we praise the Lord when He meets an earthly need or provides deliverance, our confidence in Him must rest beyond what we can see with our eyes. Because nothing can separate us from the love of God, we know our Savior’s faithfulness is not circumstantial (Rom. 8:31-39). We do not fear those who can kill our bodies precisely because of our certainty that the heavenly Father protects our souls. Trusting God may be a simple concept to grasp, but it is much more difficult to live. Knowing that our future is secure, however, helps us lift our gaze to eternity when the present is harsh or painful. Daniel was just as victorious before God saved him from the lions as he was afterward. And so are we—in view of our eternal well-being.
How do your circumstances today increase or diminish your confidence in God’s protection over your life?