Read Daniel 6:1-28
When Daniel’s jealous enemies got the king to make an edict against worshiping the One True God, they weren’t trying to turn Daniel into a pagan.
In fact, their intention was quite the opposite. Daniel’s enemies wanted to fault him for his faithfulness because they knew his faith was immovable. Day after faithful day, Daniel served his God, and they could see his righteousness. The kind that came by faith in Almighty God. And they didn’t like it one little bit.
So for Daniel, it might have looked like his faith brought him trouble. Had Daniel’s faith been anything less than authentic, he might well have given it up — the kneeling to pray three times a day, the giving thanks to God Almighty.
Clearly, thought, Daniel’s faith was sincere. Authentic to the core. And so he proceeded, faithfully by faith, to go before God and trust Him wholly. No matter what the king said. Because he trusted his God.
Daniel’s no-matter-what faithfulness was not out of compulsion. It was by faith. Faith alone. Because he authentically trusted the One Who sees what he did not. And in the end, the king, who by his own decree sent Daniel to the pit of hungry lions, saw the faith in his faithfulness.
That’s why King Darius couldn’t sleep that night. He didn’t just really like Daniel, he respected him. King Darius was learning to revere Daniel’s God. The One True God.
When it was all said and done, the King who had decreed that all his subjects bow to him, was proclaiming the sovereignty of God the Lord.
Because, by faith, Daniel was faithful.
So God brought glory to Himself. Through Daniel’s very real trust, He spread His Name throughout a Gentile nation and made Himself known.
God wants to work that way in us. He uses our trust in Him, our genuine faith, to bring others to Himself. When someone opposes us at work, our boss might see our authentic, unruffled faith and notice God in us. When a neighbor shuns us for sharing the truth of Jesus Christ in our neighborhood, another one might notice the faithfulness of our faith and somehow want to know more about the One True God.
Maybe, just maybe, God will use our faithfulness like He used Daniel’s, to do His bidding and attract someone to Himself.