Does this sound familiar?
Sweaty palms; pulse increased; pounding heart;. shallow breathing. Sounds like. Looks like. Smells like. Anxiety. This blog is going to address the sheer power anxiety can have over us. But then I will show you an even greater Power that can dissolve your panic attack to a puddle of water on the floor with just a simple prayer. First, let’s look at a famous person from the Bible.
As I was preparing to face another work week, I had this overwhelming sense of fear that I was about to face a den of lions, much like Daniel in the Old Testament. It was getting the best of me and every single task at work felt like a lion staring hungrily at its prey, ready to devour me. I could easily relate to Daniel’s situation.
#Daniel went straight to God with his Anxiety
King Darius issued a decree that anyone who bowed down to any god or man but him, during the next thirty days, would be thrown into the lions’ den (Daniel 6:7). Instead of having anxiety take over or calling a friend and bellyaching about the new decree, Daniel went straight to God, like he had done all the times before (Daniel 6:10). I wish I could be more like Daniel. There is always room for growth for me.
Lions all around
Lion number one: reconcile both accounts while the phone is ringing and the boss is shouting orders. Lion number two: completing paperwork and being uncertain if I did it correctly with no one to ask. Lion number three: deciding not to answer the phone because I was so terrified.
Who do you go to when the lions lick their lips at you?
I have to admit that I did not always go to God when I was thrown into the lions’ den. Sometimes He was my second, third or even fourth choice for help. But remembering people like Daniel and his courage helps me to lean on God more.
Then I remembered the end of Daniel’s miraculous story. “At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?’ Daniel answered, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me…’” (Daniel 6:19-22).
When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, he was prayed up. He did not need to be consumed with anxiety or fear because God was there waiting with him, ready to close the mouths of the lions.
I can be like Daniel, so can you!
God can help me to close the mouths of the lions in my life, too! In the midst of my lions’ den at work or anywhere else, I will pray. I will pray with all my heart for God to come and shut the mouths of my lions.
The next time anxiety calls your name and you are faced with a pack of hungry staplers in the office jungle, a pack of hungry kids swinging from the vines of the chaos at home, or a pack of hungry customers zooming down the annoying conveyor belt at the check-out lane, rest assured that God is there with you in your den. Pray that He will shut the mouths of your lions so you can say with Daniel, “they have not hurt me!” (Daniel 6:22).
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