“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” -Galatians 6:9
“All agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den….Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:7-10
Each morning I have been coming to the same coffee shop to do my daily devotionals. I find it better to be out of my apartment (comfort zone), and I think the caffeine helps me stay focused. I recently had a busy week with work and wasn’t able to get to the spot for my usual routine. So the next week when I returned the manager of the Coffee Shop said, “We haven’t seen you in a long time, I’m so glad your back. Can I get you your usual?” I had no idea anyone even noticed. However, my consistency to come every morning and order the same beverage was apparently memorable.
This moment reminded me of the story of Daniel. Daniel was consistent with everything he did. The scriptures tell us he served the King with excellence; and that his qualities were Exceptional above any of his peers. Most importantly Daniel never wavered in his devotion to God. God gave Daniel wisdom that astounded everyone around him. This favor led him to being promoted by King Darius; which ultimately made his counterparts (enemies) extremely jealous. They tried to find grounds to accuse him, but they could find nothing. The only thing they knew of Daniel was that he loved God, and he consistently prayed three times a day. So they conspired to deceive the King by giving the people in his Kingdom a 30-day challenge. They told the king that everyone over the next 30 days needed to pledge their loyalty to the King by praying solely to his Majesty. The challenge sounded good to the King, so he issued a decree that anyone who prays to anyone other than him will be thrown into a den of lions.
Daniel wanted to honor the King, but his loyalty was to God. So Daniel being a man of consistent devotion, continued to pray three times a day. He did so in the same room, in front of the same window and to the same God. Despite the danger of others watching it didn’t stop him from doing what he always did. This consistent pattern of prayer, unfortunately, led him right into his enemies hands. He was arrested, and thrown into the den of roaring Lions.
It seemed like the plan of the enemy worked perfectly, and Daniel was going to be devoured. However, the enemies of Daniel forgot to factor in one crucial factor into the equation. GOD. The same God that gave Daniel favor and wisdom was the same God who had the divine power to shut the mouths of every roaring lion. The next morning when the King ran to the den; he gladly found Daniel safe and sound. The Lions were completely at peace and didn’t touch a hair on his head. The king knew there was something exceptional about Daniel, and something was clearly different about the God he served.
Daniels consistent devotion to God brought the King and a pagan nation to repentance. The King saw that the God of Daniel was the only true God. He issued a new decree that everyone in his Kingdom needed to acknowledge the God of Daniel- as the one true God.
Daniel could have wavered. He could have compromised. I’m sure the thought of giving in was an option, but ultimately Daniel knew the God he served would honor him if he stayed the course.
What is an area in your life that you need to be more consistent? Have you stopped trying to pray because you haven’t seen any reward?
As believers, we need to remember that people are watching us. Our consistency to follow Christ not only affects us, it also has the Power to benefit all those who are watching. Struggles and Trials will come, but the Bible promises we will reap a reward if we don’t give up. Today lets make a decision to trust God and love the people he has put into our lives. You never know, your devotion could get you promoted; or more importantly even help led someone to Jesus. Don’t allow the Roaring Lions of this world to scare you. Keep believing. God hears your prayers. Don’t give up. You’re closer than you think.