(Today’s post by James Rooks)
Let me start with this thought … Imagine turning on your television set to watch your favorite prime time show only to have it interrupted by a Presidential address to the nation. President Obama approaches the podium and begins his speech. Now before you can hit DVR or change the channel to ESPN, you stop to hear the first words out of his mouth; and this is what you hear him say “…..I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom, men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel…”
You pinch yourself to make sure it isn’t a dream. You look around for hidden cameras in your house to make sure this isn’t some sort of elaborate practical joke. You wait for the punch line, but there is none. And the President continues his speech, “for He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
The subsequent chain of events is inevitable: facebook shakes, twitter quakes, and the internet breaks. The unthinkable just happened. God got to our President, and he got on national television to tell everyone about it.
Now come back to earth for just a moment. Pretty farfetched, right? Not so fast, my friend! Go back to the 500’s B.C., and you’ll find King Darius, ruler of the Medes, making this very proclamation. One going out to all the nations and men of every tongue who were living in the land. We know the story about Daniel and the lions’ den. Having survived exile and the fall of Babylon, Daniel was promoted to a very high place in the kingdom. Some politicians got jealous and tricked the king into throwing Daniel into the lions’ den. God saved Daniel, and Darius was very happy. He decided it was a good time to start fearing Daniel’s God.
Imagine how surprised all those in the Mede / Persian empire were to receive this written decree! About as surprised as we’d be to get a similar decree from President Obama.
What am I taking away after reading Daniel 6? I need to stop criticizing and start praying for our leaders. I’m gonna be honest…there are days when I just get discouraged at the decisions our leaders make, and it is easier to criticize than it is to get on my knees and pray for them. Is there room for me to have an opinion? Certainly. But I should be more burdened to intercede the way Daniel did, than to do nothing and gripe.
Are we putting it past God to work in our current President’s life like He did in Darius’? I’m certainly not. God’s still at work, and our job is to pray. If we find ourselves in Daniel’s shoes, may we have the boldness to stand and wait for God to do a miracle.