Daniel’s Character… And Daniel’s God!

Lessons from Daniel and the Lions

I just finished having my time of “coffee with the Lord”… Today my Bible reading was Daniel 6 – the account of Daniel in the Lions’ den. A powerful passage – a tribute to a godly man and the Living God!

Two things especially impressed me from the passage today. They are the focus of my reflection today. Here are the comments I jotted in the margin of my Bible this morning…

1) I wrote, “I want Daniel’s character to be like my character!”
“Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. 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.” (Daniel 6:1–5 NLT)

2) I also wrote, “I want to be sure Daniel’s God is my God!” (And I’m glad He is!)

“Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world:

‘Peace and prosperity to you! I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For HE IS THE LIVING GOD, and HE WILL ENDURE FOREVER. HIS KINGDOM WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED, AND HIS RULE WILL NEVER END. HE RESCUES AND SAVES HIS PEOPLE; HE PERFORMS MIRACULOUS SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON EARTH. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.’” (Daniel 6:25–27 NLT)

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