Daniel was a Jewish youth who was taken into captivity at a young age. He lost everything–his homeland, his family, his freedom, and even his manhood. Daniel lived under the rulership of four foreign kings, yet he never compromised his relationship with God.
Darius was one of the four kings who ruled Babylon during the time of Daniel. The king had a tremendous amount of respect for Daniel, although he was a captive Jew.
May I challenge you to read and study the book of Daniel this week? Pay attention to the questions each of these men asked. Record in your journal (1) to whom the question was asked, and (2) the purpose of the question. Note special insights the Lord gives you as you receive encouragement from Daniel and hope from Darius. Remember–“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” Prov. 16:7.
Questions Daniel Asked
Why did the king issue such a harsh decree? Dan. 2:15
How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? Dan. 10:7
My lord, what will the outcome of all this be? Dan. 12:8
Questions Darius Asked
Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God Whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions? Dan. 6:20