Bible Verse: Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:1-13

There is a new king in Babylon in Daniel 6. He decides to leave Daniel alive, perhaps because the old man is valuable to him after decades of service in the government. The new king is suffering financial loss because of some government leaders are dipping their fingers into the financial treasury. He appoints Daniel as one of three administrators overseeing the kingdom. The other one hundred twenty-two government officials don’t like the idea of being caught with their fingers in the cookie jar. They trick King Darius into signing a law making him god for a month. What king wouldn’t like that status update to feed his ego?

What was Daniel’s reaction to this new law: “anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.” (Daniel 6:7)?

He continued to pray three times per day as was his usual practice. Think about his options. He could have closed the curtains or prayed in another room. He could have prayed standing up with his eyes open instead of kneeling. He could have prayed quietly so no one would have heard whom he was addressing. He could have taken a leave of absence from work claiming stress leave while this law was in effect. He could have done a lot of things, but they all would have been cowardly. Daniel had a consistent walk with God that wasn’t crisis oriented.

Character isn’t forged in adversity; it’s revealed during those difficult times. It’s already been built up through the consistent daily walk with God, day in and day out.

This account of Daniel in the lion’s dens is a favourite story of the persecuted church, but not because they will be always supernaturally delivered. Most of the time they will go to prison, face torture or even death. It’s a favourite story because it reminds us to remain faithful, even when we don’t know the outcome.

We are to be people of faith and obedience even if it’s going to cost us, perhaps dearly. It tells us to be people of courage in the face of opposition. This is born out of daily devotions and a daily devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. How is your walk with the Lord? Will it withstand future adversity?

— Rick Bayer, Lead pastor, Gracepoint Community Church, Surrey, BC.

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