Darius, the new king of Babylon elevates Daniel to a position of prominence in his administration. Daniel is one of 3 administrators who oversee 120 satraps (mayors) who rule over the provinces. King Darius is so pleased with Daniel that he is preparing to put him in charge of the whole kingdom. Jealousy overtakes the other leaders and they search for a way to get rid of Daniel. When they cannot find corruption in Daniel’s life or political career, they create a new law requiring all people in the kingdom to pray to no one but King Darius for one month. Failure to comply will result in being thrown into the lions’ den. They did this knowing that Daniel would be convicted because he faithfully prayed three times each day to his God. Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den, but God delivers him.
Dan 6:1-27; Titus 2:10; Phil 2:15; Gal 1:10
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Dan 6:10)
Daniel didn’t have to think about his response to the new law. He had decided long ago to be faithful to God, and this change of circumstance made no difference in his decision to follow God. One day we all will all stand before God in judgment and give an account of what we have done with our one and only life. We hope God says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” But to make that our ultimate reality, we must live a life of faithfulness before God no matter the challenge, pain or circumstance. Christians are to be faithful followers who stand out in the crowd as excellent in character and actions; we are to stand firm in the face of adversity; and our lives should cause others to take notice of God’s power working in our lives.
What law would need to be passed to convict you of being a Christian? Would it be a ban on Bible reading, prayer, sharing your faith, giving of your resources to God, attending church?
Make a decision now to be faithful to God and to his word no matter what the circumstance. If you decide now, there will be no question to answer in the face of adversity. Decide to trust God!
Oh God, you are my God; help me always to be faithful to you! You know the end from the beginning, and I trust your outcome no matter the circumstance. My decision is to be faithful!
In Jesus name I pray, Amen!