“Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” – Daniel 6:10
WOW! Talk about faith in the face of trouble. The three words that jump out at me in this passage are “knew”, “continued” and “previously”. Daniel was fully aware of the decree that had been signed as part of a plot to have him killed and he still “continued” praying to God as he had done before there was ever a plot against him.
It’s one thing to be caught off guard by a plan to harm you, but it’s something altogether different to not only know the plan but the intended outcome. When we read this account of Daniel’s steadfast faith, it’s easy to see where he could have compromised to save himself. At the very least he could have closed his windows. He could have put his prayers on hold until some of the heat was off of him. But that’s not who Daniel was. He was all in with God.
The reason it wasn’t difficult for Daniel to take a stand and continue his practice of daily prayers knowing the potential outcome was because this wasn’t an on the fly decision. Daniel made a decision long before the lions den was even a possibility. He demonstrated his strong faith when he was brought to Babylon along with his three friends and other exiles. The first stance he took was to refuse to eat the kings food so as not to defile himself going against the laws of his God. And that was a decision made long before he was ever a captive in a foreign land. You see, Daniel knew who he was and he knew who’s he was. Compromise was not part of his vocabulary.
I wonder if you and I would have the boldness to remain faithful to God in the face of such opposition. I wonder if we would be able to stand unapologetically and not compromise our faith. The truth is none of us will probably be faced with being thrown in a den of lions, and we can eat what we want whenever we want. But what if it’s our job that’s on the line? What if our reputation or name is stake? What if it will cost us to lose our material possessions? Would we be able to stand or would we compromise?
Daniel made a habit of standing up for his faith and trusting God for the outcome. And even though he ended up in the lions den he didn’t panic. Was he afraid? Most likely yes, but he trusted God.
What a lesson for us today! Our faith should never be compromised even in the face of danger. God is sovereignly in control and able to deliver you and me from any situation we may find ourselves in just as he did for Daniel. We must trust him to do just that.
Let’s pray…Heavenly Father help us to stand firm in our faith not only today, but everyday. Remind us of the strength we have in you to never compromise in the face of loss, trouble or even death. We thank you for always coming to our rescue and protecting us like only you can. Allow us to be examples of faith to others as Daniel’s life is to us. In Jesus name…Amen!