If someone were to ask you what you remember the most about prophet Daniel, undoubtedly your mind would go to the experience he had in the lion’s den. It’s a great miracle to remember, for sure. But what happened before the ultimate test of Daniel’s faith can be of great encouragement to us today.
If you recall, the foremost motive for Daniel’s testing was based on jealousy. In Daniel 6:1-4, we read about the people Daniel served King Darius with: “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.
“Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.”
It’s not a surprise that the other leaders were envious of Daniel’s prominence in the kingdom after all, he was only a slave. His placement in Darius’ realm was a direct blessing from God, and Daniel proved worthy to his position regardless of his social status.
Soon afterward, a conspiracy duped King Darius into signing a decree that pumped up his ego. In his signature, however, there lay an ulterior motive against Daniel and his worship of God.
There is a very important verse in this chapter that needs to be brought out. Daniel 6:10: “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”
Notice that Daniel did not change the way he worshipped the Lord God just because the circumstances around him changed. He did as he had always done, regardless of the rules.
We, too, need to be faithful when it comes to the conviction we hold to concerning our service to the Lord. It can become a temptation for us to make our walk a convenience, rather than a commitment.
God looks for us to be a people of faithfulness. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
If we desire God’s companionship during times of hardship or trial, we must first start by being loyal (or faithful) to Him. Daniel knew that by giving God his life, he was also allowing opportunity for Him to come to his aid when he needed Him most.
If we are serious about serving the Lord faithfully, regardless of our circumstances, He has promised us: “’lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:20).