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 Daniel into a pagan. In fact, their intention was quite the opposite. They wanted to fault him for his faithfulness because they knew that his faith was immovable. His righteousness that came by faith in Almighty God. Day after day, Daniel served his God. Faithfully by faith. And his enemies 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 known. Had Daniel used his own eyes to see, he might well have given it up. The kneeling to pray three times a day. The giving thanks to God Almighty whom he served. Clearly, though, he chose not to use his natural eyes to look at his circumstance.
No, Daniel seemed to have 20/20 vision when it came to using his faith eyes. And so he proceeded, faithfully by faith, to go before God and trust Him wholly. No matter what the king said. No matter what because he trusted his God.
And Daniel’s no-matter-what faithfulness was not out of compulsion. It was by faith. Faith alone. Daniel trusted the eyes of the One who sees what he did not.
In the end, the king, who by his own decree sent him to the pit of hungry lions, saw the faith in Daniel’s faithfulness. That’s why King Darius couldn’t sleep that night. He didn’t just really like Daniel, he respected him. He was learning to revere Daniel’s God. The one true God.
When it was all said and done, King Darius, who only days before had decreed that all his subjects bow only to him, proclaimed the sovereignty of God the Lord before all the people of the land. Because, by faith, Daniel was faithful.
God brought glory to Himself through Daniel’s trust. He spread His Name throughout a Gentile nation and made Himself known because of Daniel’s faithfulness by faith.
Sometimes, God works the same way with 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 genuine 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.
Are you willing to let God God will use our faithfulness to do His bidding and attract someone to Himself? May it be so. Faithfully by faith.