Lessons from Daniel
In Daniel 6, versus 1-4 we see that the prophet Daniel rose to a position of prominence in Babylon because of his faithfulness, character and dedication to the things of God. Daniel is an Old Testament example of walking in excellence. It was these character traits coupled with his faith in God and his understanding of his purpose that enabled Daniel to be considered one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament.
His ministry was not without challenges. When he was promoted in the kingdom, his rivals launched an investigation into his life and could find, “no occasion or fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him (V4)”. That simply means they found no scandal or anything amiss. Daniel was a man of character and integrity.
It wasn’t long after this that he was thrown into a den of hungry lions because he was faithful to God and would not compromise. I often tell people, don’t spend the night in the lion’s den if you have not been faithful. It may not go well with you. You see, often people start thinking about faithfulness, dedication and integrity when they are in the midst of trouble and when the hungry lions are breathing down their neck so to speak. That is not the opportune time to develop your faith, develop your character and practice faithfulness.
Thank God for His grace and mercy because He will see you through any trouble if you will lean on Him with a sincere heart and trust. Many times you may have to make adjustments and changes so that God can bring your purpose to fruition in your life.
Daniel got in trouble for doing the right thing. It was not God who brought trouble to Daniel, but rather his enemies. In the same manner it is not God who brings trouble into your life. The truth of the matter is that trouble and challenges come to us all, but a life of faithfulness, integrity and dedication to God’s Word will always enable you to prevail.