by: Judy Ledene
“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him …” (6:3). Daniel’s enemies could find no grounds to accuse him, because he was law-abiding and good at his job (6:4). Still, motivated by jealously, they manipulated events so that Daniel’s steadfast prayer life became seen as disloyal to King Darius. Daniel was thrown to the lions, despite the king’s distress: “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” (6:16).
Under pressure, Daniel chose loyalty to the everlasting kingdom of the Son of Man and Ancient of Days (ch 7). Kings and presidents come and go, but God’s rule is forever.