Daniel was a man who has ascended to the highest position in his country “because an excellent spirit was in him.” Daniel 6:4 says, “…because he was faithful” and “no error or fault” was found in him. Faithfulness, excellence and righteousness had brought Daniel to a position of authority and honor and he was greatly blessed by God, but that didn’t mean he was problem free- no!
Being blessed doesn’t mean you have no problems. That’s a common misconception and when trouble strikes, we wonder what we did to step out from under God’s blessing. Don’t misunderstanding what it really means to be blessed! My dad, Pastor Fink of City Harvest Family Church, says it this way: Being blessed is the uncanny, innate ability to succeed in spite of adversity.
Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” If you are not feeling particularly blessed right now- don’t operate by your feelings, operate in faith! The blessing of God does not come with any troubles or sorrow, but life certainly does! So, remember that in times of trouble. Being blessed does not mean being problem-free. Daniel is living proof of that. In spite of doing everything right, other leaders sought to take him down. In fact, it was because he was living rightly before God that he was tossed into a den of hungry lions.
Being blessed is the uncanny, innate ability to succeed in spite of adversity
What did Daniel do? He went into his house, he knelt down before God and prayed “…as he had been doing previously“. In an instant, everything had changed around Daniel. His life was now under grave threat and he was well aware of it, yet within Daniel himself, nothing changed. He had a lifestyle of worship. How do I know? Daniel 6:10 says he “gave thanks” before His God. That word “thanks” is the Aramaic equivalent of the Hebrew word “yadah”, one of the seven Hebrew words for praise.
Thought for today
Daniel’s natural immediate response in trouble was to worship God. God certainly didn’t cause Daniel’s troubles and He didn’t withdraw His blessing on Daniel’s life because of trouble. Daniel was still blessed of God even in adversity, and the Lord brought him victory in a very difficult experience. But even though everything had changed, Daniel did not change. He remained faithful to God, he worshipped. Those were the things he had been doing before and that didn’t change. Daniel did not let his circumstances change who he was. A lifestyle of worship is reflected in how we respond to life. No matter what you’re going through, faithfulness to worship Him,to connect with Him, will change everything (Psalm 18:25).