Daniel 6:16 “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the dens of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”
Daniel 6:23 “Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”
Daniel 6:25-26 “Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.”
When the tide of public opinion and public policy seemed to turn against Daniel, he remained faithful. In doing so, he had allies that were standing by to celebrate his faithfulness and the subsequent powerful deliverance that would come from his all-loving, all-powerful God. In this case, though king Darius felt bound to carry out an unjust death sentence against this mighty man of faith, there was a level of latent faith in the ruler that actually hoped for a God-given opportunity to turn the tables on a system that had conspired to condemn a man who should have been celebrated instead. Indeed, God’s delivery opened a stunning window of opportunity for a strong public testimony that exalted the Lord. Yet, it was only possible because Daniel remained faithful in spite of the challenging circumstances of condemnation.
When the tide of public opinion and public policy seems to turn against us today, God would have us to remain faithful. In doing so, we may find that we have allies that are standing by to celebrate our faithfulness and the subsequent powerful deliverance that can only come from our all-loving, all-powerful God. Certain rulers, though they may feel bound to follow certain unjust policies, may have a level of latent faith that actually hopes for a God-given opportunity to turn the tables on a system that conspires to condemn those who should be celebrated instead. Indeed, God’s delivery can open stunning windows of opportunity for a strong public testimony that exalts the Lord. Yet, it will only be possible if we remain faithful in spite of the challenging circumstances of condemnation.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO REMAIN FAITHFUL IN THE FACE OF ALL OPPOSITION. Those who seem to be our antagonists may actually be exceedingly glad to see us remain faithful because it gives them a source of hope that is otherwise absent in their lives.