The story of Daniels life is rife with examples of him, willing stand out in the face of perilous odds. In Daniel chapter 2 we find him in a situation that seemed to be headed towards certain death. He boldly asks for an audience with the king to interpret a dream that none of the other advisors were able to explain. In a culture where “don’t kill the messenger’ had literal meaning, this request was risky at best, and more likely lethal.
We read that after gaining permission to speak with the king, “Daniel went to this house and made the matter known to Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah, his companions” (Daniel 2:17). Daniel and his small group then began to pray together for God to intervene. When confronted with incredible challenge and difficulty, Daniel gathered his band of brothers together and sought God’s intervention. God showed up in a big way, as is his nature, and revealed the mysterious dream of the king to him.
Daniel then headed to the palace and boldly proclaimed the dream and its meaning to the King. The end result of Daniel’s choice seek God and boldly proclaim his word, was unparalleled blessing and promotion. We read that after hearing God’s word through Daniel, “King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel” (vs 46). We also read that the king gave glory and honor to God (vs 47). Nebuchadnezzar goes on to promote Daniel to one of the most prestigious positions in the kingdom. He was made he ruler over the entire province of Babylon, the capital of the empire.
How to Navigate a Crisis Like Daniel:
- Community – Gather with Friends Who Follow God
- Prayer – Ask God for Help Together
- Action – Act Swiftly When God Answers
An interesting side note is that Daniel only made one request of the King. He asked that his band of brothers join him in promotion to the next level of leadership. “Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon” (vs 49).
What an incredible rise to power resulted from this young man’s faithfulness. At the beginning of chapter one Daniel was a captive, forcibly taken from his homeland. By the end of chapter two, he had become one of the most powerful men in the empire.
Regardless of our circumstances, if we choose to boldly speak the word of God over our lives and to those around us, we will find ourselves standing out from the crowd. To paraphrase the words of D.L Moody, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a few people whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
When we face a crisis, like Daniel we should, gather our friends, call out to God, and act with swift boldness when he answers.