“… for He is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end” (Daniel 6:26).
These words above are the words of an unsaved and no doubt, ungodly king! He’s giving glory to God in a written decree to be read “unto all people, nations, and languages that dwell upon the earth” [Daniel 6:25].
That’s what you call free PR!
Then again, it wasn’t free. It cost Daniel something. He was willing to stand in the midst of grave danger upon his life.
In Daniel chapter 6, we find the amazing story of Daniel who had literally been promoted to second in the new kingdom of the Medes and the Persians. We find Daniel refusing to stop praying to his God-in the open-even though it was forbidden by the king’s decree and the Law of the Mede’s and the Persians, his being thrown into the lion’s den with hungry lions, and his miraculous deliverance from a sure death.
All of this resulted in God being glorified publicly by a lost and wicked king!!!
There are so many wonderful lessons in this story worth pondering. Let’s consider just three of the many:
(1) God often allows darkness to prevail (or at least look like its prevailing) in order to fulfill His eternal purpose and to give our light an opportunity to shine brightly,
(2) It is always right to do right, regardless of the circumstances or consequences, and
(3) God is most glorified, even in the eyes of unsaved and ungodly people, when our light shines before men, or when we do right with the “right spirit” (key words right there), and “right motives.”
Let’s quit cursing the darkness and shine brightly for our King!!!
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).