As we said, what made Daniel successful in the eyes of God and man was his commitment to practicing these three things:
- Unyielding Faith
- Steadfast Integrity
- Exceptional Wisdom
1. Unyielding Faith: Daniel's success was deeply rooted in his unshakable faith. During a time of captivity, he and his friends were thrust into a foreign culture that challenged their devotion to God. Yet, Daniel remained steadfast in his faith, refusing to compromise his beliefs by partaking in practices that contradicted his principles. In Daniel 1:8, it says, “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile (taint, dishonor) himself with the king’s finest food or with the wine which the king drank; so he asked the commander of the officials that he might [be excused so that he would] not defile himself” (AMP). His faithfulness led to divine favor and blessings, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Daniel's trust in God's plan not only fortified his spirit but also opened doors to unparalleled success. Because of his faith and resolve, he won favor with the commander of the officials of the kings court and Daniel also won favor in the eyes of the king.
2. Steadfast Integrity: Integrity was a hallmark of Daniel's character. He displayed unwavering moral principles, even when facing grave danger. When King Darius issued a decree prohibiting prayer to anyone but him, Daniel did not falter. His commitment to praying three times a day, as he always had, showcased his unyielding devotion to God. This unwavering integrity garnered respect from those around him and demonstrated that success built on ethical foundations endures the test of time. Because of this, in Daniel 6:8, it says that “So this [man] Daniel prospered and enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian” (AMP).
3. Exceptional Wisdom: Daniel's wisdom was renowned throughout his lifetime. His ability to interpret dreams and visions earned him a place of distinction in the royal court. This wisdom, however, was not just a product of intellect; it was rooted in his close relationship with God. Daniel acknowledged that true wisdom comes from above, seeking divine insight rather than relying solely on human understanding. This connection allowed him to make sound decisions, solve complex problems, and provide invaluable counsel to rulers and leaders. As a result, in Daniel 2:48 “…the king promoted Daniel [to an exalted position] and gave him many great gifts, and he made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon” (AMP).
The life of Daniel in the Hebrew scriptures is a tapestry woven with threads of faith, integrity, and wisdom. His journey teaches us that success is not merely measured by external achievements, but by the qualities that underpin those accomplishments. Daniel's unyielding faith, steadfast integrity, and exceptional wisdom propelled him to unprecedented heights, reminding us that the path to success is paved with a strong foundation of values and principles. By embracing these lessons, we can navigate our own lives with purpose and determination, drawing inspiration from the timeless story of Daniel.
Dear Lord, as we conclude this reflection on the life of Daniel, we thank you for his inspiring example. May his unwavering faith, steadfast integrity, and exceptional wisdom serve as guiding lights in our own pursuit of success. Help us to remain faithful in the face of challenges, to uphold our integrity in the midst of temptation, and to seek Your wisdom above all else. May we learn from his experiences and apply these lessons to our own lives, to the glory of Your name. Amen.
Matthew Karshna is a contributor for A Warrior’s Mission and a partner with the ACCBF. Matthew graduated from the University of Georgia in 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and resides in North Carolina, where he is also a Community Engagement Director for a local martial arts school. “I am proud to produce content for an organization that is focused on the welfare of others!” ~Matthew
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