Daniel 6:25-27 (MSG) King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:
“Peace to you! Abundant peace! 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”.
What do we think when we see people in positions of power and prestige? Do we think their prosperity and worldly success is because of God’s favor? Maybe it is, maybe it ain’t. We are not privy to the sacrifice or trouble they endure as part of their responsibility or the difficult experiences they face. We don’t know the road they traveled to get where they are. We can’t see God’s bigger picture (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4). Watching television and reading the news, we rarely see or hear about the faith of our political, corporate, and community leaders. Many are people of good will and that’s admirable. We may not know whether their trust is a life of prayer and devotion to God? Would people of faith hide their faith as they climb up the ladder of success?
Daniel wasn’t the only advisor and administrator under Darius King of Persia (6:1-5, Psalm 73:2-9). Daniel was a man of faith. He was not ashamed and did not try to hide his faith. He didn’t push his faith on others, but he didn’t let the world and his circumstances deter him from being obedient and trusting in God and just towards all men. Daniel’s was a life of prayer and because of his good character he was promoted.
- Received Favor (Dan. 1:17-20, 2:14-23)
- Sought Fellowship (Dan. 2:17-18)
- Praised God (Dan. 2:20-23, 47)
- Always Prayed (Dan 6:10)
- Brought God Glory (Dan. 6:25-27)
Many of his peers were jealous and envious and would like nothing more than to see him fail (Daniel 3:8, 12, 6:1-5). So they set a trap for him and tricked the king into sentencing Daniel to death. The king was the one who promoted Daniel and admired him, but because of the law of the land the king could not undue the decision. Daniel was placed in the lion’s den and the pit sealed with a stone. All night the king couldn’t sleep and the next day he rose early to find Daniel unharmed. The plot to destroy Daniel was revealed. His accusers replaced Daniel in the den and were torn apart as soon as they entered.
God does save. Daniel lived it. The king observed it. The people heard about it. Could it be that God wants to use your life to glorify Him and to cause others to declare your God as savior and rescuer, performer of miracles, and His reign and rule is eternal and never fails.
Don’t wait until a trial or storm to develop devotion and character.