If someone is trying to describe the depth of a person’s faith in one sentence, the first verse of today’s Scripture is the best guide: Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously (v. 10).
Daniel knows that worshiping God could cost him his life, but he remains faithful—and does not hide that fact. He doesn’t draw the drapes so that no one can tell what he’s doing. Daniel won’t let the king’s interdict disrupt his devotion to God.
We’ve all known times in life when our decision to follow God received applause. Such support encourages us to keep listening to and following God’s Spirit. But we also know that the decision to keep following will lead us to encounter those times when our devotion to God will grow more challenging and unpopular. In spite of the cost, that involves time in a lion’s den, Daniel resolves to keep following God. He firmly decides to lean deeper into his relationship with the Almighty and depend on God in this challenging situation.
We need to remember Daniel when we face challenges and wonder how to respond. Ask how his faith took such deep root in him that it was stronger than the trials he faced. Whenever we are tempted to quit following, know that God can develop faithful resilience and resolve in us. We must stay devoted.
What challenges do you face that threaten your faith? What helps you trust that God is with you, and is stronger than those challenges?
God, help us hear your voice and find the resolve to continue living out our relationship with you. Amen.