Daniel 6:23b – So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
At the beginning of our walk with Daniel, we discovered a young man with an inner resolve to remain faithful to his God no matter the consequences. He had absolute trust in the Lord God of Israel and a reverential fear of His sovereign power over all things. The apostle Paul reflected this same state of mind when he said, “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2Tim1 KJV). The ESV translates the latter part as ‘he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.’
Daniel had been entrusted with wisdom and understanding so that the plans of God would be foretold and then displayed to the kings and people of Babylon. Daniel’s strength of spirit lay in the fact that he was convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Lord was able to guard and keep him always.
What has the Lord entrusted to you or what have you committed to do for him? The size of the task doesn’t matter but your commitment to it does. Don’t be afraid of what the Lord has given you to do, ‘trust in him at all times; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us’ (Ps62:8), and if for any reason you are unsure of what you should be doing, pray as the psalmist did: ‘Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul’ (Ps143:8).
Daniel may have been entrusted with power and privilege by way of the kings but this did not mean that he did not have to contend with jealousy, deceit, threats and malicious actions; he did end up in the den of the lions after all. Still, his inner resolve never wavered and every circumstance was met with prayer. God honoured Daniel’s faithfulness with fortress-like protection, guarding him against attack, both seen and unseen.
Daniel trusted God’s word for his life and then handed his life back over to God daily through prayer and devotion. What a role model for all of us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths. (Prov3:5,6)