I recently had the privilege of speaking on Daniel & The Lion’s Den. I’m really intrigued by Daniel. Most of the stories in the Old Testament are stories of redemption. Moses killed some people; then he led the children of Israel out of Egypt. David slept with Bathsheba, but then he repented and was known as a man after God’s own heart. Jonah ran from God, but eventually after spending three days in the belly of a fish, he turned around and did the right thing. You get the idea.
Daniel’s story doesn’t read like that. By the time Chapter 6 rolls around, Daniel has led a faith-filled life and finds himself second in charge of the entire kingdom, just behind King Darius. Daniel is a story of consistency. We never see his faith waiver. In Daniel Chapter 6, he’s described as faithful, responsible, and trustworthy.
But the most amazing part of Daniel’s story to me, isn’t found in the lion’s den. It’s found in his reaction to the king’s decree. King Darius orders a decree that no one can pray to anyone except him for the next 30 days. Here is Daniel’s response,
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10
Daniel didn’t post a complaint on Facebook. He didn’t tweet about how unfair the new law was. He didn’t go house to house with a petition for the law to be repealed. He just did what he had always done. He prayed and then trusted God with the result.
I think many of us who call ourselves Christ followers would do well to follow his example.
In what ways are you living a life of constant faith? How can you get better?