We live in a society where too many of us only understand delivery as a hot pizza at our front door, as we prepare to watch a movie on a Friday night. I remember my understanding of delivery was a morning paper route. Some of us remember delivery as the milkman dropping off chocolate milk at our doorstep (I am revealing my age with this last example). What does deliverance mean to you?
King Darius set 120 princes over his kingdom (Daniel 6:1 KJV). The king also needed three presidents to be in authority over the princes, and Daniel was preferred over the others. He was the king’s first choice (v. 2). Scripture says: “Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm” (v. 3).
Now let us observe how the Lord makes His selection. Daniel was preferred because the Lord looked at his inside and not the outside. We must realize the spirit within Daniel pleased the Lord, and the Lord touched the heart of the king to choose Daniel. If God looked inside you, would He find an excellent spirit?
Now observe how the men not appointed made plans to discredit Daniel. They tried to find some fault in him. Maybe Daniel did something to the little old lady down the street. Maybe Daniel was a slacker and did not complete his work at his job. Perhaps he ripped off the benefits of the employees with an investment scam. There had to be some fault in him (Dan. 6:4). The plot did not work in Daniel’s public affairs, so they tried to expose his private affairs. They sought to find something against Daniel concerning the law of his God (v. 5). Do not worry when men plot against you because God has lots for you.
Now we can see how man will plot against you because you attained the position they felt belonged to them. You can also see how the intervention of God can smash any plot against one of His own. Check out the plan that followed the plot that failed. The evil work began with them trying to butter up and feed the ego of the king with the statement, “may you live forever” (Dan. 6:6 ). Like a lynch mob, they grew from presidents and princes to include governors, counselors, and the captains. These men wanted to create a paper, a law that said if anyone offered a prayer to God or man for the next 30 days, they would be cast into the lion’s den (v. 7). Look at the psychological pressure used in verse 8: “Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.” Does your faithfulness to God cause others to draw up new rules they hope will cause you to fall?
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” (Dan. 6:10).
These same men came back to the king and reminded him he had signed a decree that anyone praying within 30 days shall be cast into the den of lions. The king agreed and asked who had violated his law, and they said that Daniel. The king was hurt and knew he had been tricked, but Daniel had to be cast into the den. It was the law (Dan. 6:11-17).
The king was restless all night for his worry about Daniel. The king raced to the lion’s den the next morning and asked an interesting question: “is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” (Dan. 6:18-20)
The king said, “I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God…” (Dan. 6:26). Depend on God and He will deliver you.
by Gerald Bower