Daniel 4-6: Stepping Into the Fire

Daniel 6:10 is really worth considering:

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.

Most of us know the story well. In an attempt to bring the life of God’s faithful servants Daniel to an end, the officials of the Babylon convince king Darius, who reigned after Nebuchadnezzar, to set forth a decree making it illegal to worship anyone but him. Aside from being an enormously prideful move, this decree proved disastrous as it made king Darius’s wisest and most faithful counselor, Daniel, an outlaw and a criminal.

But notice what this verse says, “When Daniel heard… he prayed.” Daniel did not hunker down and hide when opposition to his faith arose. He did not look for newer and subtler ways to break the law. He broke it boldly. He completely ignored the decree and went on with life.

Why? He could have simply closed the window. Why did he choose to subvert the authority of the king? Because God is not subject to man, and faith is not subject to the law. Daniel’s allegiance was to the kingdom of God first, and the subjects of God’s kingdom follow boldly.

We who trust in Christ are part of that same kingdom, and we need to follow Daniel’s example. Our faith is not to be hidden under a bushel for any reason. We must learn to live it and preach it boldly. I confess that I am not very good at this. My courage fails all too often. But I praise God that I have an Advocate before the Father who prays for me, strengthening my faith that I may grow in fruitfulness for His glory.

Let us pray for the boldness of Daniel, and let us live lives that transparently display an unashamed love for God and His Gospel.

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