Read Daniel 6:1-28
When Daniel’s jealous enemies got the king to make an edict against worshiping the One True God, they were not trying to turn him into a pagan.
They intended quite the opposite. Daniel’s enemies wanted to fault him for his faithfulness, because they knew that his faith was immovable. Daniel’s righteousness came by faith in Almighty God. Because day after day, Daniel served his God. Unafraid. And they didn’t like it one little bit.
So for Daniel, it might have appeared that his faith brought him trouble when the decree was made. Had Daniel not kept his focus clear, fear might well have taken over. Afraid could have easily bound him up and crushed him before one of those lions even touched him.
But because Daniel’s fear was where it belonged, he was able to place his fear in the only One worthy — God Himself. It’s the only way to overcome fear. So Daniel continued, unafraid, to go before God and trust Him wholly.
It was King Darius who found himself bound with fear. Afraid for his friend, he was unable to sleep or eat.
When it was all said and done, Daniel’s properly place fear led the king to overcome his own fear and anxiety. It led him to issue a decree for a Gentile nation to fear Him as well.
“People must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end” (v26).
Daniel’s overcoming opened the door for God to bring even more glory to Himself.
Sometimes, God works the same way with us. He uses our unafraid, unshaken living to bring others to Himself. When we stare misplaced fear down, others notice our genuine unruffled faith and see God at work in us. When we face the uncertainty of shifting finances, or the impending death of a loved one, our fear in God shines through in ways we could never orchestrate on our own. And as we live overcoming fear and anxiety, others want it, too.
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