A stone slab was placed over the opening of the den. The king sealed the cover with his signet ring and the signet rings of all his nobles, fixing Daniel’s fate.
(Daniel 6:17 MSG)
There’s an interesting statement that is stated differently in Daniel chapter 6: the law of the Medes and Persians can never be changed, as if written on stone (vv. 8, 12, 15). So when Daniel, the Jew, went against the king’s law, which stated that for thirty days no one was to pray to any god or mortal except the king (v.7), he was thrown in the lion’s den (v.16). The Bible tells us that “a stone slab was placed over the opening of the den. The king sealed the cover with his signet ring and the signet rings of all his nobles, fixing Daniel’s fate” (v.17). But God had the final word. When the king later went to check on Daniel, he heard Daniel exclaim, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me” (vv.21-22). Hallelujah!
How many times has God gone to work on our behalf, even after other people seemed to have sealed our fate for us? The alarming diagnosis from the doctor, the disappointing report from the teacher or the despairing word from the people we love. If we trust Him, we can be confident of the fact that our fate can be changed by Almighty God Himself. Only He can change our fate in ways that defy the laws of men so that He receives the recognition and praise. Other people don’t have to dictate your future. Trust God and you will be rewarded.
“I decree that Daniel’s God shall be worshiped and feared in all parts of my kingdom. He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls. His rule continues eternally. He is a savior and rescuer. He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth. He saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
-King Darius (Daniel 6:25-27)