The story of Daniel and his friends in Babylon is one of an audacious faith. It’s a story of a man whose faith in God was unyielding, a faith that gave him the courage to face many challenges and triumph over them all.
The story starts with a young man taken from his family, his country and brought into a foreign land. Daniel was quite privileged among many of the Jewish exiles in Babylon, as he was appointed to serve in the king’s palace.
Just a few years into serving as one of the wise men or counsellors in the palace, a decree was made to kill all the wise men. The king had had a dream and wanted the magicians, counsellors and wise men to tell him his dream and its interpretation. Basically, it’s like asking a friend to tell you the dream you had last night, while demanding they interpret it as well or else harm would come to them! As ridiculous as it sounds, this was the demand of the king. The passage reads,
“So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. He declared to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king”. (Daniel 2:13-17).
I wonder what my response in such a situation would have been. Would I have the courage to request a time from the king, knowing that the death penalty will be far worse if I didn’t have the answer after the appointed time? Would I have the faith to trust that God will reveal the dream and its interpretation to me, knowing that nothing like that has ever happened before?
Daniel’s actions are one of audacious faith and confidence in God. In the face of fear and uncertainty, he had faith in God. When your only options are to trust or give up, choose the path of faith and trust in God. You may have questions and you may be uncertain about the outcome, but seek God and trust in Him anyway.
The story ends with the king on his face, paying homage to Daniel as he made the dream and its interpretation known to him. As a result, Daniel was made chief prefect over all the wise men and was given great gifts and offerings. In the face of great challenges, often an audacious faith leads to a transformed life, be it a great confidence in God, a better standard of life or victory that seemed unlikely. God is a faithful God, and He calls us to renew our trust in Him in spite of past failures, disappointments, fear and uncertainty.