Lesson Eleven | Devotion #4: Daniel
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader & Young Adults Director
The story of Daniel is one of faithfulness and trust in God. We usually just know Daniel from the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. However, Daniel had already set a standard for everyone that knew him. He was a follower of God. Daniel was part of a group of young men that were taken from Israel by a Babylonian king named Nebuchadnezzar (King Neb).
“Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace” (Daniel 1:3-4).
Daniel was one of these young men. Ashpenaz (Ash) was ordered to feed the young men the food that the king ate, but Daniel did not want to defile himself with the king’s food. So, God gave him favor with Ash. Daniel would only eat veggies and water, and after ten days Ash would compare him to the others eating the king’s food. After ten days, Daniel was better, stronger, and smarter than all the others.
God then gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams. He used this gift to interpret King Neb’s dream. King Neb then took a liking to Daniel and made him the ruler over all Babylon.
Eventually, King Neb is out and King Belshazzar is now the new king. He did not last long, and Darius became king. This whole time Daniel was still faithful to God, and God gave him favor in the sight of all three kings. Daniel would go up into his upper room three times a day every day. He would open the window and pray to God.
There were some jealous men of Daniel’s status and favor with King Darius. They plotted and convinced Darius to sign a law that no one could pray to any gods except Darius. The punishment for breaking this law was being thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel trusted and knew God was still in control. He continued to pray to God three times a day. Daniel was then punished for breaking the law and thrown in the lion’s den. God shut the lion’s mouths and was taken out of the lion’s den in the morning. King Darius was blown away that Daniel was not harmed by the lions.
Daniel 6:25-27 says, “Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: ‘Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Daniel’s faithfulness and trust in God were used to save not only himself from lions, but a whole nation. It was all for God’s glory.