A Message for You — November 11, 2009

Are you down in the pit?

by PASTOR DAVE FERNLUND
Algoma Baptist Church

Do you feel like you are down in a pit today?

Many of us remember hearing the Bible story of Daniel and the lion’s den when we were children. It may have been one of the first stories we learned in Sunday school.

Daniel and other Jews had been conquered by the Babylonians and taken captive back to Babylon. King Darius of Babylon was so impressed with Daniel that he made him into a governor in the country. This brought on great jealousy among the other governors and they devised a plan to get rid of Daniel. They knew that he prayed to his God three times a day, so they deceived the king into making a decree that only he should be prayed to as a god. Then they caught Daniel in the act of praying and turned him in to the king. The king had no choice but to send Daniel to his death in the pit where the lions were kept. Would Daniel survive? The next morning, the king came out to the pit.

“Daniel, are you alive?” asked the king. “Has your God saved you down in the pit?”

“Yes,” replied Daniel. “My God has saved me.”

Many of us today feel like we are down in the pit. Perhaps it is a pit of unemployment. Perhaps it is a pit of health problems or marital problems. We don’t know if we are going to survive down here. But the good news of the Bible is that God is with His people in the pit and that He protects and loves and saves His people there.

Are you down in the pit today? Turn to the God who saved Daniel in the lion’s den.

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