Published by Deborah Negron
February 6, 2019
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
They may come against it ou with fierce attacks. They may lift up false accusations. They may claim you have brought damage to them. They may say you have lied. They may speak and strategize against you. And why not? Why not?
Did they not conspire against our Lord? Did they not falsely accuse him, give him a mock trial and then execute him?
Did Our Lord not die on the Cross?
But here Daniel is placed in honor. Here Daniel is placed over others in leadership. This makes othe rd s beneath jim jealous. This makes them angry. This makes them consult one another with malice.
Then we see Daniel. He went to his chamber and prayed. He did not hide with cowardice. He did not close the windows of his habitation to keep his faith hidden. He continued faithfully. He prayed. He was seen in his normal every day, habitual condition.
When the storms of this life come, we are to continue in our faith. We are to press on in spite of the ridicule, in spite of the opposition. Daniel did not interrupt his time of prayer because of the voices of oppression. He did not stop his acts of service, nor did he stop functioning as a believer.
The Lord Jesus knew he would be facing the cross. Daniel knew he could face death. Yet both co tinue their praying.
Everytime Jesus was ministering and healing and rebuking demonic oppresion, he would then go to be in prayer.
Before facing the cross He prayed.
He still died on the Cross. The cup was not passed from him. Daniel still faced the den of Lions. He still was placed in the place of punishment. He continued in his faith.
Jesus still was hung on the cross, even after he prayed. He was made to suffer, even though he had prayed continually.
The Lord moved on Daniel’s behalf and closed the lions mouths.
The Father allowed Jesus to die the death of the cross.
Yet Daniel came out alive. He did not die.
On the other hand Jesus did die, but He arose on the third day. He arose to never die again. He arose victorious because he had trusted the will of the Father.
Daniel trusted the God of Israel even in a far away land. Even in the midst of people who hated him and did not want to follow his God. Daniel was a witness of the power of God.
Jesus was the Son of God who came to intervene for us. Greater than Daniel was this Jesus. Because through him we have eternal life.
Through Jesus sufferingswe can go throughblife’s hard moments and trust that in the end we too will have his resurrection power.
We can believe that he that began a good work in us will be faithful to compete it. Philippians 1:6
The cross, the persecution, the calamity, the illness, the hardship cannot stop God’s plan for our lives. Even our sin is no match for the power of God’s love. Scripture tells us,
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So whether we live or die, our relationship with God will ensure that we will be victorious.
We can rest on the one who was raised from.the dead. Our Saviour lives.
Bit it is this same Saviour who said,
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 KJV
We are more than conquerors. Keep your faith above all things. Christ is your reward.
Prayer will sustain you. His hope guide you and His Word strengthen you.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 27:1 KJV
Romans 8:28, 31-39
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Continue serving, seeking, praying and trusting. God is on our side.