“Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise Him, just as he had always done” (Dan 6:10)
There may come a time when your faith is tested in ways other than personal hardship. It is often in the midst of such a crisis that believer’s feel their faith is “being tested.”
The reality is that enduring hardships is what hardens our faith.
Daniel experienced many hardships while under Babylonian captivity, and his faith became as strong as steel.
Most of us have not been persecuted for our faith – we have merely experienced pressure. We are free to practice whatever religion we want, and others are free to say whatever they want about it. True, people can be mean and nasty, but the government cannot arrest you for your beliefs.
But this was not always the case.
What if it were against the law to go to church – punishable by death? Would you go anyway?
What if it were illegal to pray – and the punishment was a shove into a lion’s den? Would that stop you?
It didn’t stop Daniel.
A law had been passed stating that very punishment, but Daniel didn’t care. King Darius decreed that anyone practicing any religion or praying to any “other” god (for the king fancied himself a god), would be immediately thrown into the lion’s den – where they would certainly perish in utter agony.
This is a test of faith.
Daniel knew the risks of getting caught, but he kept his focus on the reward of faithfully serving the One True God.
Daniel had discipline, determination, and an unwavering trust in the Lord.
He put his faith into action.
Then when Daniel’s enemies had him arrested, and he was thus tossed into the murder pit, God closed the mouth of every single lion.
Daniel was saved!
He could have given up his faith in God, but he knew that it was real and that God would not fail to prevail in the end.
Neither will He fail you.
Instead of wishing your problems away or simply trying to avoid them, consider your problems to be challenges – tests of faith – that you must pass in order to get where you want to go.
Know that God will not abandon you in your hour of need; nor will He see you devoured by life’s hungry lions.
“Keep watch and pray; for the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)