Hey hey hey
I’ve found in the last couple of months that it’s OK to dwell on one verse, one chapter, till God has taught you all you need to know for that season. (Doesn’t mean you’ll never read that verse again)
So, I saw a post I shared on Instagram in January and noticed that I had written about how Daniel was challenging me to be a better employee at my work place. What’s amazing is that almost 2 months after, I’m still reading (and enjoying) the book of Daniel.
Only yesterday did I find out that Daniel’s faith caused his boss to believe in his God.
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”Daniel 6:20 NKJV
Why would Darius come early the next day and cry out to Daniel if he didn’t somehow believe that Daniel’s God saved him from the Lions.
Let me give some context to this story.
Daniel served in 4 administrations and in all 4, people attested to it that the Spirit of the Holy God was in & on him. It didn’t make all of them believe or start serving God, but they could not deny that the God Daniel served was bigger and greater than theirs.
Daniel worked under Darius and excellently distinguished himself, so much so that Darius loved him. Those who worked with Daniel got jealous and planned to put Daniel in trouble. So, they met the King to make a decree that no one should serve any god apart from Darius’s God.
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. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”Daniel 6: 3-5 NKJV
Side note: Can people testify at work that there’s nothing they can use against you, except it has to do with your faith in God?
This is something I’ve definitely been thinking about.
Anyway, Daniel, like before went to pray to God 3 times (and left his window open, just in case people were in doubt; LOL)
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.Daniel 6:10 NKJV
Obviously, there was a decree against Daniel’s act and he was thrown into the Lion’s den for it.
But someone couldn’t sleep about it, and it wasn’t Daniel!
And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.Daniel 6:14, 18-19 NKJV
I need you to take a moment to imagine what we’re reading here.
Who made the decree? (Even though his subordinates pushed him to it)
But, who could not sleep?
Sometimes, we try too hard to defend ourselves concerning things that God can and will deal with.
Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord , and He will save you.Proverbs 20:22 NKJVDo not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord , and he will avenge you.Proverbs 20:22 NIV
[tweetthis remove_twitter_handles=”true”]Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.” Proverbs 24:29 NIV[/tweetthis]
Isn’t the Bible just beautiful?
God placed the burden on the King’s heart Himself; He didn’t need Daniel’s help.
This is not to say that Daniel wasn’t scared or nervous, but I’m sure he had walked with God so much that his faith could not be taken away from him. It was his one thing, remember our last post?
I started out writing only about how Daniel’s faith inspired Darius’s faith, and honestly it beats me every time.
That the same King that put him in the den, shouted the next morning, expecting Daniel to reply.
If that’s not faith, I don’t know what it is!
Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.Daniel 6: 21-23 NIV
This tells me that anytime I refuse to live out my faith, anytime I downplay my total belief and surrender to Jesus, I let another person miss out on the faith they could have found.
Gosh, I can meditate on these words all day.
I pray that this post has blessed you as it has blessed me.
“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel 6:26-28 NIV
Love and light,