Daniel 6:10, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (NIV)
It is remarkable what God can do in the life of one faithful servant. Just one single soul, a soul dedicated to the Lord, can be a beacon of hope, and a catalyst for change. To say it another way, the life of a righteous person can have a lasting impact. Daniel 6 personifies this reality. By the time the events of Daniel 6 occurred Daniel was now an aged man. But one thing is undeniably clear in the biblical chronicle that bears his name: Daniel long-exhibited a spiritually disciplined life. He had served in the Babylonian and Persian kingdoms for many years. And there is nothing to indicate that he was anything but a diligent, wise, and honest civil servant. To that end, he was prone to follow administrative instructions, even if he thought they might be foolish, or rash. But one day Daniel, along with the entire kingdom, was officially ordered to stop worshipping any deity. Instead all glory and praise was to be directed to a human ruler: King Darius.
As has been established Daniel was diligent to follow the commands of pagan authorities and nobles, provided they did not violate God’s law. The decree that was issued in Daniel 6 was where this principle was put to the test. To worship King Darius was to ignore the very first commandment God provided to Moses: to love the Lord with everything within you. As a man of deep faith, Daniel resisted this temptation to abandon God, knowing full well that it could result in his humiliation, and execution. In Daniel 6:10, right after learning of the proclamation, Daniel went home and prayed, just as he had always done. Observe how Daniel did not take his complaint to King Darius, as the other leaders did (although the leaders went to King Darius with a deceptive purpose: to depose, or kill, Daniel). No, Daniel subjugated his frustration and took his concerns to another king, the eternal King: God.
Evidently, Daniel did not scare quickly, spiritually anyway. His faith would not be easily shaken. Daniel continued to exercise an abiding truth in God, as well as a desire to know the Lord in a greater way. His life is evidence that when believers surrender themselves to God then their lives will be complete and whole. We can be at rest internally even as the external world is chaotic. Why? Because our trust is in the sovereign, everlasting Lord. In short, there is abundant beauty in the surrender.
Kevin Orr (9/8/2018)