I wrote last week about the blessings Daniel experienced through abiding with the Lord, and I’d like to continue this week by looking at how Daniel’s fellowship with God impacted his faith.
When Daniel was sent to the lions’ den for praying to God, he was miraculously saved from all harm. “My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me,” Daniel explained to the king after the miracle (Dan. 6:22, NLT). Verse 23 proceeds, “Not a scratch was found on him because he had trusted in his God.” What enabled Daniel to have such faith that he was able to trust God even in the face of deadly lions?
Daniel enjoyed a close and committed relationship with God. The Bible tells us that he dedicated at least three times a day to prayer, and he worshiped God continually. In any relationship, the more time you spend with someone, the better you get to know that person, and Daniel knew his God very well! He knew God was faithful. He knew God was a protector. He knew God was a very present help in time of need!
Through his regular fellowship with the Lord, Daniel owned a true revelation of the greatness of God. This revelation prepared him to face an unbelievable challenge with faith instead of fear. Daniel was confident in the lions’ den that God would protect him, and indeed he was saved from all harm!
We can learn from Daniel that we can develop our faith through times of fellowship to God. The apostle Paul explained, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17, NKJV). You receive faith as you hear the word of God. Then, you need to develop your faith through regular fellowship with the Lord. Worshiping God will bring a revelation that will help you develop and hold onto your confidence in Him.
Here’s an example to illustrate this principle. As I was growing up, I spent lots of time with my dad. Often, when he would be working on some project around the house, I would be by his side as his trusty assistant. One thing I learned about my dad is that he would always get the job done no matter what obstacle got in his way. Even if it was in an unconventional way, He would always complete the project.
One day when I was older, I was helping him install a flood light outside in the yard. He ran into a couple of snags along the way, and things weren’t coming together. He stopped and sighed, “I don’t know, Evan. Do you think I’m gonna get this thing to work?” Without missing a beat, I answered, “Dad, there’s not a doubt in my mind.” I had confident faith in his ability, because I knew his character. I knew he wouldn’t give in until the job got done! Sure enough, he kept working on the light, and he found a way to fix it.
Why was I so confident that my dad could fix the problem? The answer is because I had spent lots of time with him and seen him come through time and time again. I knew this occasion would be no different; I had learned his nature and character through our close relationship.
In the same way, we develop an understanding of God’s character through a close relationship with Him. In fact, you will never reach a full revelation of the greatness of God unless you draw close to Him. As your understanding of God grows, the revelation becomes real to you and gets deep in your heart. That’s what happened to Daniel; that’s what allowed him to have such incredible faith!
Hebrews 11:6 explains, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Daniel diligently sought the Lord and developed tremendous faith. As a result, God richly rewarded Him in every aspect of life. You can see the same results! Diligently seek the Lord and worship Him continually. Let Him strengthen your faith to prepare you for a life of victory!