The Favor of Daniel
Daniel 6:3-5 (NLT) Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. So they concluded, "Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion."
I love the integrity we find in Daniel. He was committed to God no matter what the consequences were - he refused to bow down to the world and continually found favor among the rulers and kings. God gave him great wisdom and Daniel was excellent in all he did. He told the truth to people who did not want to hear it. Since he refused to pray or worship anyone other than the One True God, he was thrown into the lion's den and God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions. Daniel had the favor of God and was protected from his enemies because of his obedience and commitment to God alone.
Daniel 6:22-23 (NLT) My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.
Trusting in God to bring you through the difficult seasons is imperative to your Christian journey. We are not promised an easy life, we are commanded to follow Jesus and put our trust in Him, not man. Man will always fail us and God remains the same. He is unfailing, all-powerful, faithful, incomprehensible, holy, righteous, healer, immeasurable and so much more! Just as Daniel became a target for enemies because of his faithfulness to God, so are we targets to the enemy but that doesn't mean we give up, it means we trust in a much higher power than ourselves and know that God is for us - it really doesn't matter who is against us! May we always pursue Christ and have the favor of Daniel in our lives.
Romans 8:31 (TPT) So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?