“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows opened to 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
Have you ever felt alone in your convictions? I have felt that way before and it is so hard. Daniel was a man that was very alone in his faith and yet still trusted in God. There were many times in his life when it would have been very easy to just follow the way of his world, but he didn’t. Daniel had been moved from his hometown to a pagan city – Babylon. Daniel believed in God, and I’m sure this place may have been a bit of a shock to Daniel. The people there worshipped pagan gods and had a wayward way of living. Daniel had been through a lot – he had been chosen to serve in the king’s palace and decided to not eat the required food that, if eaten, showed honor to pagan gods. He found a way to reform the way they ate and was able to eat vegetables instead. Daniel saw his friends stand up for what was right, get thrown into a fiery furnace, and then be saved by God and make it out alive. He saw a kingdom fall and a new kingdom rise. Through it all, he trusted in God, saw what was right and strived to do it, and showed his God to those around him. The worse thing that happened to him was that he was tossed into a pit with lions at the bottom. God saved him from the lions by sending an angel to shut the lions’ mouths. The king at this time, Darius, asked Daniel if it was God that saved him, and Daniel replied that it was. After King Darius watched God save Daniel, he believed in God and actually made a proclamation that the people he ruled over must serve God! Daniel 6:26-27 says, “I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
So, the next time that you feel alone in your faith and convictions, remember Daniel. So many tragic things happened to him, and yet he still trusted in God. As Christians, people are going to watch us and see how we react to different situations. In Daniel’s situation, God used him to soften the king’s heart and as a result, the whole nation was shown the One, true God! Remember that God is always there, and that you are never alone.
‘“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)