From Lynda Lindsey
But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. Daniel 5:23(b)
Daniel, after learning of the decree to pray only to King Darius: ...He (Daniel) 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(b)
Darius’ decree concerning Daniel’s God: He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions. Daniel 6:27
Daniel, now an old man, continued his pilgrimage with God, as strong in faith, or perhaps even stronger, than when he arrived in Babylon as a young man. Daniel and his friends served God faithfully, even while being promoted into leadership positions in a pagan society. Daniel trusted God in all things, no matter how bleak the circumstances. And the four Hebrews, for all their obedience to God, found themselves in trying circumstances! Defying the king’s dietary orders, interpreting his dreams, refusing idol worship, confronting sins of pride and idolatry, delivering bad news, and being thrown into a pit of hungry lions are definitely all high-risk behaviors!
Daniel, unperturbed at the news that praying to anyone but the king would result in death, continued to pray visibly, openly, as was his usual custom. Daniel, a loyal subject in God’s kingdom, acknowledged that God had the right to do with His subjects as He saw fit. Daniel would rather have suffered death in the lion’s den than to dishonor God. Confident that his life and ways were in God’s hands, Daniel choose to continue his lifestyle of obediently worshiping and praying to God. Daniel persevered in unshakable trust in God, allowing God to uphold and strengthen him.
We, like Daniel, belong to God. Our life and ways are in God’s hand. We are known, even cherished, by God; He calls us by name. We have been redeemed and born again into a new and living hope. God is with us, strengthening, helping, and upholding us. God may, as He did with Daniel, choose to send His angels as ministering spirits to protect us. Or He may allow us to perish. Regardless, we have a place reserved for us at the great banquet of Life. Can we not trust that same God who owns every animal of the forest and the cattle on a thousand hills, with our life? Daniel spent a lifetime practicing his faith, honing his trust in God. Will we?