Sunday, July 17, 2022

And Then the Lights Went Out

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

A circus act with Bengal tigers was performed before a live television audience one evening. The tiger trainer went into the cage with several tigers to do the usual performance. The spotlights highlighted the cage and the audience watched in suspense as the trainer took the tigers through their routine.

In the middle of the performance, something happened they hadn’t planned for. The power went out! In total darkness, the trainer was locked in with the tigers. Bengal tigers have nocturnal vision, which means they could see him, but he could not see them. A whip and a small kitchen chair offered little protection under those circumstances. Thirty seconds later, the lights came on and he calmly finished the performance.

In an interview afterward, the trainer was asked if he was afraid knowing the tigers could see him when he couldn’t see them. He admitted to being afraid, but then realized the tigers didn’t know that he couldn’t see them. He said, “I just kept cracking my whip and talking to them until the lights came on. They never knew that I couldn’t see them.”

When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, he knew the lions could see him, but he wasn’t afraid because He trusted God to protect him. He said, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me” (Dan. 6:22).

Are you in the dark surrounded by lions? Be like Daniel and put your trust in God. David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). Trusting God forces out all fear. Oswald Chambers said, “When you fear God, you fear nothing else. If you don’t fear God, you fear everything else.” Confidently tell yourself, “The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid” (Ps. 118:6). 

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