God’s Faithful Servant
Daniel was faithful to God, even after being taken captive into another land. Here he could have forgotten about God, and His law if he had thought it was troublesome; but Daniel didn’t.
Given an opportunity for real advancement, and maybe power; would he defile himself by the food that he was given?
Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the kings meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
The man in charge was afraid of the king, thinking that the food they wanted, would make them look weak before the king. That he might loose his head.
Daniel 1:12 “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee ten days, and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.”
So he did, and it proved that being true to their God’s law, was more healthier than the richest food, and drink.
God gave Daniel and his friends wisdom and skill to learn. But Daniel, He gave understanding in visions and dreams. (It would come in handy)
Next, Daniel saves all the wise men in Babylon from the king wanting to destroy them, for they could not tell the king the dream which he had. They would gladly give an interpretation, but could not tell the dream; and the king had forgotten it.
Tell me, he said, or die.
Daniel went in and asked for time to get the answer for the king.
Daniel 2:17-19 “Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Misheal, and Azariah his companions:
That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”
In praise to God, alone, Daniel speaks to the king, and tells him what his dream was, and the interpretation.
But makes it known that it is God in heaven alone, that can, and will reveal this dream.
Time after time, Daniel is faithful to God. Before the drunken Belshazzar, Daniel spoke the judgement on his kingdom that the finger of God had wrote on the wall.
Whether, reward or death, Daniel did not know what would come of his speaking the truth, but he was faithful to God and His Word.
Daniel 5:17, 25-28 “Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king and make known to him the interpretation.
And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
This is the interpretation of the thing; Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
Tekel; thou art weighed in the balances and found wanting.
Peres; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
So Daniel gave God’s Word, and it was exactly as the Word said. That night the city was taken and Belshazzar killed.
Yet he was also faithful to the people he was called to work for.
And this is shown under the Medes and Persians.
Under King Darius, Daniel was promoted above every one else. He saw that the finances of the king was correct. “And the king should have no damage.” (Daniel 6:2)
An honest man is hard to find, where wealth is concerned; but Daniel was.
Also shown, was the jealousy and hatred, his faithfulness occasioned.
For the ambitious princes got together and made a plan.
If they attacked Daniel, it would have to be because of his God.
So they flattered the king, and said that they thought it would be honoring to the king if a law was written that forbid anyone to ask anything of any deity or man, but the king, for thirty days.
Darius was flattered! (How careful we need to be when people start flattering us. When our ego is inflated, it blinds us to what is in front of us.)
The law was made, but Daniel kept right on praying to God. (It was at this time the remnant in Israel was in great need, and Daniel prayed three times a day for that need.)
Caught by these princes, Daniel was accused before Darius.
Now Darius was in a bind. He hated that he had been tricked, but he had to do what the law stated, even though he tried to free Daniel.
Daniel 6:16 “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”
This more of a hope of the king, than belief; but it was true.
Thy God who thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
And so He did.
Daniel 6:19-22 “Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever.
My God has sent his angel, and shut the lions mouths, that they have not hurt me: for as much as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”
God sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions, and they did him no harm.
Daniel continued to serve the kings of Persia faithfully, until his death.
But behind it all was his faithful service to God.
He did not have to be in his home land to serve God. For God is the God of heaven and earth; and rules in every nation, kindred, and tongue.
As Christians, we are called to be faithful servants to God, and for Christ’s sake, faithful in our everyday lives to those we should minister to.