Daniel, God's Power

Positive Influence

Daniel 6:22 – My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O King I have done no harm.”

Depending on who you think Darius was and when he reigned, Daniel was either in his eighties or around 100 years old when he was thrown into the den of lion’s. Darius had the utmost respect for Daniel, held him in high regard and cared deeply for this godly man. Having to command for him to be taken to the lion’s caused him great distress and when he had sealed the stone of the den, ‘the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.’ As soon as the day broke, the king ran to the den, crying out to Daniel:

“Servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

The relief and joy of the king when he heard Daniel’s voice was no doubt felt by everyone around him. Then his anger was felt also, for he commanded that the those who had conspired against Daniel were to be thrown to the lions themselves. Following this, the king made a decree:

“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.”

This is the testimony of a heathen king based primarily on the life displayed by Daniel. I think we forget how influential our lives can be to those looking on. What do you want others to see when they are in your company? The words and actions that our lives display, reflect the condition of our heart and the source of its influence. When our lives are influenced by the word of God, reflecting his will and purpose, it cannot help but have a positive impact on those around us.

You never know who is looking up to you and how significant your words and actions are. Guard you heart, walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, reflecting his grace in all that you do.

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