When the subject of integrity is addressed, the Prophet Daniel is often cited as an example of moral and biblical integrity. There is nothing negative said about Daniel in the Scriptures. True, he wasn’t perfect. No sinner this side of heaven is. However, he was consistent.
Daniel 1:1-7 provides the reader with the historical of the Book of Daniel. “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.”
Daniel’s life wonderfully balances the providence of God with the responsibility of His children. While God is certainly in control of everything that happened in Daniel’s life, the prophet was not exempt from exercising his biblical responsibility in obeying the Lord when faced with potential compromising situations (Daniel 1; 3; 6). Through everything that happened to Daniel, he remained faithful because God is faithful.
As one commentator explains, “God is the sovereign Lord of history who causes kingdoms to rise and fall according to His decree. Nothing happens apart from His having ordained it in eternity past, and this is a comforting truth. It tells us that everything in history has a purpose even if we cannot now discern what that purpose happens to be. All events great and small are being used of the Lord to advance His glory and our good, and His control over all things is the only way we can be confident of that precious truth.”
May each of us dare to be like Daniel in our trust and reliance upon God and our determination to serve and obey the Lord in all that we do.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!