When Your Faith is Under Fire: Part IV – Prosper
“24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:
“May you prosper greatly!
26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom 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.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus[x] the Persian.” Daniel 6:24-28 NIV
After the angel of the Lord delivered him through the lion’s den, King Darius was overjoyed to see Daniel. Darius’ wrath then turned to Daniel’s false accusers.
Verse 24 reveals the harsh punishment that Daniel’s accusers faced due to their scheming and manipulation. The false accusers were thrown into the lion’s den, but not only them. Their wives and children were also tossed into the lion’s den. It is tragic here that the innocent women and children were made to suffer. We should remember this was not done at the Lord’s command. It was the law of the land and the custom of the Medes and Persians to punish not only the offender, but the entire family. These men sinned and their wives and children paid the price.
This part of the Scripture serves as a sobering reminder that when we sin, although we may think it only affects us, it also affects those that are closest to us. As spouses, parents, friends, and church family, our sin DOES affect those around us.
After the false accusers and their families are punished, King Darius issues another decree and praises the God of Daniel.
This closes a spectacular chapter where we have seen Daniel’s faith rise while under fire. We saw Daniel…
1 – Plotted against.
2 – Praying boldly.
3 – Persevering bravely.
4 – Persecuted harshly
5 – Protected miraculously.
6 – Prospered greatly
The point in Daniel’s story is clear. When your faith is under fire, stand firm. Honor God… even if it costs you everything! God may not remove all the problems and persecution you face, but He will use your testimony to call others to recognize God in their presence. Here’s how the chapter ends.
“28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus[x] the Persian.” Daniel 6:28 NIV
I like that ending… “So Daniel prospered…” I’d like that to be the ending of my story too.
Thank You Jesus for the example of Daniel and his courage in the face of persecution. I pray that more young believers today would rise up and dare to make a stand. I pray they would have dare to be a Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. I pray that those who have walked with God for a long time would grow older, but not weaker. I pray there would be more Christian elders who dare to take a stand. I pray that more of us would dare to be a Daniel in our generations. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.