The Book of Daniel – a book about trials, faith, and revelation. Although we as contemporary Christians cannot directly relate to Daniel’s experiences, we can take a look at what made him legendary – his trust in God.
As seen throughout the book, Daniel prospered in all that he did, for he carried an “excellent spirit” (6:3 NRSV) within him, which was God’s. Although the satraps plotted against him, “they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him” (6:4, emphasis added). It is beautiful to read about a man so faithful towards God that he did not let circumstances faze him.
Daniel’s experience in the den is a perfect example of what I previously mentioned. Daniel was thrown with the lions because of his commitment to God despite king Darius’ orders; this consequence was not the king’s intention, but there is beauty in Daniel’s experience. In the end, “Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him because he had trusted in his God” (6:23, emphasis added).
Just stop right there and take a look at that verse again. No kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Right here is where God got me. Nothing happened to Daniel in the den because he had simply trusted in his sovereign God. I was and still am amazed at his confidence. Might I remind you that Daniel told king Darius he had not been harmed “because I was found blameless before him (God), and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong” (6:21).
Daniel was “blameless” and a person who “set (his) mind on gaining understanding” and “humble before God” (10:12). At first glance, it seems almost impossible to be like Daniel, but there is hope in Jesus. If Daniel abundantly trusted in God, imagine what Jesus’ trust looked like – imagine what our faith can look like if we openly trusted our Father in Heaven. If someone from the Old Testament had abounding faith in God, I believe it is possible for us under the New Covenant as well.
With all this said, I am not promising a life with Jesus that is “safe and sound.” There will be trials and tribulations; however, Jesus has promised to be with us (Matt. 28:20). God has been, is, and always will be with us, but I think it’s our turn to decide whether we want to trust and depend on Him or not.