You know, so many times, we think that we have to do big talks to change the hearts of men. This is effective and has its place. On the other hand, it can be our actions that are our greatest testimony. By demonstration of our faith and taking meaningful stands, for Christ, we can plant seeds that will reap harvests for years to come!
Like all of us will have to, Daniel chose to take a meaningful stand. Although he could have done what everyone else was doing, He chose to serve God no matter what. This was especially true when others found “fault against him concerning the law of his God” (Daniel 6:5-7).
In doing so, these “presidents of the kingdom” and others (Daniel 6:7) developed a decree where it was unlawful to pray to “any God or man within thirty days” (Daniel 6:12) except the king. Still, Daniel chose to not only pray but did so three times a day with his window open (Daniel 6:10)!
Boy did it speak volumes! King Darius watched as Daniel demonstrated his beliefs. He saw Daniel’s faith in his God, but still signed the decree. As king, he saw he had no other choice (verses 14-17).
As a result, he cast Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:16). Meanwhile, the king was hoping to see God come through for Daniel (Daniel 6:14-16). Don’t you see, this is evidence of God moving in the circumstances of Daniel!
He was even working on the heart of the king (verse 14-20). We see further evidence of this, when Darius calls Daniel the “servant of the Living God” (Daniel 6:20) and asked Daniel if his God could deliver him from the lions.
This was Daniel’s reply:
“My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me, and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:22).
When the king saw that Daniel was unharmed, he was joyful and made a decree that “in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel…” (Daniel 6:26). Wow! What a revelation that can only be made through utterance of the Holy Spirit https://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/12-8.htm!
Isn’t it wonderful and amazing when we can be bold for God? See how it can change things and circumstances. This is how demonstrating faith in God can not only change our circumstances but effect change in others and the world at large. What a witness!