“Unshakable character” could be the epitaph on his grave. The man, Daniel, was robbed from his home in Israel as a teen and relocated to Babylon 400 miles east of Jerusalem twenty-five hundred years ago. He was part of the relocation program to train for government service.
Change happens every day to everyone. Maybe not as dramatic as this young Israelite. Leaving his homeland and trusting God in his new world was not easy for this young Jew. However, his character, grit, and commitment to the Lord prepared him for the obstacles and opportunities.
God used this man to serve him in the reign of three different leaders of Babylon. At this time, other officials became jealous of Daniel’s wisdom and intellect during his service. The only fault the accusers could find was his unwavering dedication to God. Prayer was his daily vehicle to worship. Three times a day, he had an appointment with God. Daniel kept those meetings regardless of political disagreements.
Daniel 9:23 describes the Lord’s appreciation for His unwavering servant. We will sight eight different versions to narrate the thoughts of God regarding Daniel. First being, “God thinks highly of you” CEV, “For you are greatly loved” ESV, “For you are treasured by God” CSB, “Because God loves you very much” NCV, “For you are highly esteemed” NIV, “For thou art greatly beloved” KJV, “For you are greatly beloved” NKJV, “For you are very precious to God” NLT. These scriptures reveal our God is deeply interested in our Christian charter and dedication to him.
Daniel chose God over every person or position in his life. His example of commitment to God in harmful situations encourages Christians regardless of their vocation and location. God is with each believer in their lion’s den, home, or work environment. Yet somehow, God can be glorified by our stand for Him regardless of the situation.