When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously” (Daniel 6:10).
When we are abandoned or disappointed by someone we love and/or trust, our first instinct is to reciprocate the abandonment and reject that person. In the famous account of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, we see the faith Daniel had in living out his life for God, despite the fact that he was in exile. Instead of rejecting God, he remained faithful, believing that God is sovereign. Although the people in power plotted against Daniel, and ultimately God, Daniel did not waver in his devotion to God. Daniel knew that his life was in danger, and yet he continued to pray three times a day, giving thanks to God (6:10). Although our lives may not be in danger today, I believe that our culture is slowly but steadily pressuring us to compromise our faith in Jesus. Whether it is calling public prayer at high school football games unconstitutional or publicly humiliating government officials for their faith in Christ, believers are being ostracized for their faith in Jesus. As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ today, I want to encourage you, The Well Church, to keep faith in Jesus. When Jesus died that painful and humiliating death on the cross, he took our sin and shame with him. Do not let your hearts be troubled as you feel the pressure from the world. Remain in Christ knowing that he was humiliated for you. Remain in Christ knowing that he died for you. Remain in Christ knowing that he defeated death for you.
Hallelujah! He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!