Daniel 5, 6, 7
Focus Verse: Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.” – Daniel 6:5
What a testimony Daniel had! As a young person, he was taken as an exile from his homeland of Judah and brought to Babylon – the mightiest and wealthiest kingdom on earth at the time, but one that was pagan and filled with all sorts of idols, enchanters, astrologers, and gods that were made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. In order to fit in, it would have been easy for Daniel to succumb to the new culture that he suddenly found himself living in. But he did just the opposite. Instead of blending in to Babylon, he blended out. He dared to stand alone. He dared to remain faithful. He dared to live by conviction. And that made all the difference for him and for others.
Because Daniel remained true to his God, he was influential in turning the hearts of King Nebuchadnezzar and King Darius (and no doubt countless others) towards God.
While in Babylon and while in Persia, others repeatedly tempted Daniel and tried to trip him up, but by continuing in prayer, he was able to keep his eyes fixed on God and remain faithful to his purpose. No ground for complaint could be found for him. No error or fault could be found in him. He is repeatedly described as having “an excellent spirit”. Wherever he went, he found favor in the eyes of those in power and God raised him up to high positions. The only way that Daniel’s enemies could get him to do “wrong” was by making up laws that would force him to disobey God.
But Daniel never disobeyed or denied God. It didn’t matter what he was presented with – the promise of a promotion or a den of lions.
May our testimony reflect that of Daniel’s. Instead of blending in to the materialistic, pleasure-driven, self-fueled culture that we live in, may we blend out.
Let’s dare to be different. Let’s dare to be faithful to our Creator and true to our faith.
God, cultivate within me an excellent spirit. May I live in such a way that my life turns others to You and not away from You. If any fault is found in me, let it be the fault of following Your law. Amen.