“But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, ‘Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.’ ” – Daniel 6:16
Notice the recognition here by Darius. He watched Daniels life and was very aware of who Daniel served. And, Daniel served God continually. The word “served” here means reverence, Daniel reverenced God continually, with resolve and perseverance. Darius recognized it and acknowledged it. It was evident in Daniel’s life.
The Bible says, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” (Prov. 27:2). Daniel did not perform for anyone. He was not like the Scribes and Pharisees, where “All their deeds are done for men to see” (Matt. 23:5). Daniel took a different route when he was younger and brought into captivity. He set his heart on God (Daniel 1:8).
Pride was one of the reasons Israel and Judah were brought into captivity (Hosea 7:10; Obadiah 3). Daniel did not want to repeat the sins of those who had gone before him. He wanted God to rule and reign in his life. He did not care what others thought of him. He only cared about obeying God.
I would venture to guess that the vast majority of us care about what others think. We tend to share the sides of ourselves that would only generate compliments from the masses. In that pursuit, however, we place the focus on us and off of the Lord.
Daniel focused on the Lord, and it was the Lord that lifted him up (James 4:10: 1 Peter 5:6). He served God continually, and when it came time for deliverance, God answered. And the best part of this story, God was seen through Daniel’s life, and another pagan king glorified God (Daniel 6:24-27).
What have you decided to do with your life? Do you live for the approval of others and how many “likes” you can get? As a Christ follower, when you are truly serving Him, there will be less of you. You will not care how others see you, only how they see your Lord and Savior.
“Christians should not get disillusioned, become weak, or lose heart in their service to God. They should always place their eyes on Jesus Christ. Understand, each of us individually will be rewarded in eternity, so do not give up. We must pursue the Lord always and be rooted and grounded in His Word.” – Raul Ries