“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and power are his. He causes the changes of the times and seasons, makes kings and unmakes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the those who understand. He reveals deep and hidden things and knows what lies in darkness, for light dwells with him. I thank and praise you God because you have given me wisdom and power. You have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Daniel had been elevated to a position of great prominence. Darius, the ruler over Babylon, saw the integrity and value of this man who had so boldly spoken the word of God. The king was preparing to make him the prime minister, which meant that Daniel would have been the most powerful man in the entire kingdom, next to King Darius himself.
But Daniel’s enemies were angry. They were jealous. Yet they could find nothing wrong with him. They knew they couldn’t stop Daniel, unless they had something concerning him and his God. So they convinced Darius to sign a decree that no man could call on any god except the king for thirty days. And actually, the king passed a law forbidding prayer to any god.
What did Daniel do? NOTHING! He didn’t change a thing. He prayed anyway. The trap had been laid, and the king was distressed because even he could not change his own decree. So he sent Daniel into the lion’s den. But God shut the lions’ mouths, and Daniel was delivered.