The Secret to an Unshakeable Faith

When we abide in God’s Word on a regular basis, our faith is made strong, because we will have a firm knowledge of who God is. Charles Stanley once said, “99.9% of what God speaks to us is directly from His Word. So if you want God to speak to you, read His Word.” And when we know who God is, from our time in the Bible, our faith will be strong and secure; so whatever comes our way, we can say with Paul, “none of these things mover me.” (Acts 20:24) Consider the amazing faith of Daniel. This guy knew God. And when he was threatened to be thrown to the lions if he dared to keep praying to God, Daniel was not phased one little bit. 

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Need some motivation to abide in the Word? Read on and see, from Daniel’s example, the incredible faith that is produced from a firm knowledge of who God is. And like Charles Stanley said, we know who God is by His Word. 


Daniel Gets Set Up

When King Darius’ communicated his desire to set Daniel over the whole kingdom, a lot of egos got bruised. (Daniel 6:3-4) You see King Darius had appointed one hundred and twenty satraps to be over the whole kingdom, and then three governors, which Daniel was one. (Daniel 6:1-2) If the king set Daniel over the whole realm, the other two governors, as well as the one hundred and twenty satraps, and anyone else in the kingdom, below the king, would all have to answer to Daniel. The satraps and two governors were not about to let Daniel be promoted without a fight. (Daniel 6:4)

To keep Daniel from being promoted, these men set a trap for Daniel. (Daniel 6:5-8) They convinced the king to sign into law that for the next thirty days, whoever prays to any man or god, instead of to King Darius, will be cast into the lion’s den. (Daniel 6:7)

Daniel’s Incredible Faith

Look at how Daniel responds to his learning of this new law:
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10
“Just as he had done before”—these six words testify to the unshakeable faith of Daniel. He didn’t pause to think how he could keep praying to God, but not get caught. He didn’t stop praying to God three times a day, and reduced it to just once a day while this law was in effect. He didn’t close his windows to hide the fact that he was still praying to God. He wasn’t concerned who might hear or see him praying. Daniel went home and prayed to the Lord “just as he had done before.” Daniel wasn’t phased by this new law or its consequences one bit. None of these things moved him. (Acts 20:24)

Observing Daniel's steadfast faith, Spurgeon declares,
“I do not find that he was at all distracted or disturbed. The words,' As he had done aforetime', seem to imply that he went upstairs as calmly as he had been accustomed to do. His servants would not have known from his behavior that any law had been made. He always had gone at that hour to pray, and they could hear him pray just as earnestly as he ever had done. Here he makes no alteration; he takes not the slightest possible notice of the king’s decree. At the same place, at the same hour, in the same posture, and in the same spirit, the prophet is found. This indicates to us the Christian’s duty under persecution-he should act under persecution as he would have done if none had arisen.”
Daniel’s Night with the Lions

Inevitably, Daniel’s unwavering devotion to God is soon found out and King Darius, regrettably orders Daniel to be thrown into the lion’s den. (Daniel 6:14, 16) However it is interesting that between King Darius and Daniel, the night that Daniel was cast into the lion’s den, the one who couldn’t sleep was King Darius. David Guzik explains,“Undoubtedly, Daniel had a better night’s rest than Darius. We can be sure that Daniel prayed in the lions' den, because it was simply his habit to pray. He did not need to start praying on this remarkable occasion because the habit of prayer was well ingrained in his life.”

Regarding Daniel’s night with the lion’s Spurgeon observes, "In any case he must have had a glorious night. What with the lions, and with angels all night to keep him company, he was spending the night-watches in grander style than Darius." (Daniel 6:22)

The Reward of Daniel’s Faith

“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” (Daniel 6:23) By faith Daniel was divinely protected from the paws and the jaws of the lions. When Daniel was about to be cast into the lion’s den, he undoubtedly trusted in the Lord to work his situation to good (Romans 8:28), despite the fact that he would be thrown into a pit of ravenously hungry lions. (Daniel 6:24) It was this unwavering trust in God that made Daniel’s night with the lions anything but frightening. (Isaiah 26:3)

Some may dismiss Daniel being untouched by the lion’s, saying “The lions had probably just stuffed themselves eating before Daniel was thrown into the den with them and, therefore, didn’t have a desire to devour Daniel.” However, when we read about Daniel’s accusers being thrown into the same pit Daniel had just been brought out of, we see just how miraculous of a deliverance it was that Daniel had not been touched by the lions.  

When Daniel’s accusers were cast into the lion’s den, “the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.” (Daniel 6:24) This is not the behavior of well-fed lions. Rather, it is the reactions of starving lions cooped up in a pit, who don’t know when they will eat again. These are lions ready at a moments notice to pounce on whatever is thrown down to them before the lions around them devour it before they even get a chance to eat. This is the condition of the lions when Daniel was thrown down to them. Yet, because of Daniel’s unwavering faith in the Lord, he came out untouched. 

The Secret to Having an Unshakeable Faith

How could Daniel not be terrified as he was cast into the lions den? The secret to his faith existed in the words of the apostle Paul, “I know whom I have believed.” (2 Timothy 1:12) Daniel knew the Lord, whom he had believed, even better than the people Daniel knew best. Because of this, Daniel rested in the knowledge that God would neither leave him nor forsake him. (Deuteronomy 31:8) Somehow, someway, God was going to work his circumstances to good.

Regarding Daniel’s belief in God, Spurgeon declares,“I know the Person into whose hand I have committed my present condition, and my eternal destiny. I know Who he is, and I therefore, without any hesitation, leave myself in His hands.” 

When faced with a fiery trial, like Daniel, we can be at total peace if we truly know the heart and character of God. If you, like me, desire an unshakeable faith like Daniel’s let us daily and diligently, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) And there’s no other way to do that, than to abide in the Word.

What intimidating circumstances are you facing? A health crisis? A layoff or job loss? A loved one moving away? Whatever we are facing, however bleak our circumstances may look, may we be like Daniel, and rest in our knowledge of God—knowing whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12) placing our full confidence and hope in God, doing just as we  had done before. (Daniel 6:10) As a result, God whom we count faithful (Hebrews 11:11) will surely show Himself faithful in our situation. In the words of Jesus, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:26)

Question for you: How has knowing God strengthened you to endure challenging times? 


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22 comments:

  1. Hello, Brooke! Thank you for the reminder about Daniel and the unshakable faith he demonstrated! In answer to your question, it is knowing that there is but One Power and One Presence guiding me in each moment of my life, that allows me to live as Daniel did, in Grace, the essence of unshakable faith!

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    1. Paula, that's great to hear! I agree, God's guidance is such a blessing I can't imagine my life without it. God bless you lots!

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  2. nice post thanks for sharing the 5 minutes friday...looking for to visit more..blessings

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you more here, too. God bless you much!

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  3. What a beautiful reminder of Faith in God. I found you via Womanhood With Purpose!

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    1. Thanks, Kendra! So glad you visited! God bless you richly!

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  4. Daniel is a great example of the kind of faith I yearn for. "Do not be afraid, only believe"~ thinking on that this weekend.

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    1. Beautifully said, Alecia! And that's a great verse to meditate on. God bless you lots!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! Glad you enjoyed it. God bless you richly!

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  6. His Word is so encouraging and challenging - I love when I hear His voice speak to me out of the pages!

    Thanks for linking up today.

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  7. I love posts that really dig in to God's word! Thanks for sharing about Daniel's unshakable faith today!

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    1. So glad this blessed you, Lisa! Thanks for visiting! God bless you richly!

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  8. Hi Brooke! God strengthens me through His word, uplifting praise music, and through encouraging friends. Also, I often sit at the piano and play old hymns, a reminder to me of His faithfulness through the ages. Those reminders strengthen me, too.

    Thank you, Brooke, for linking with Getting Down With Jesus.

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    1. What wonderful ways to be strengthened in the Lord! Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! God bless you much!

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  9. Hi Brooke,
    Thank you for this study on the life of Daniel. When my mom was dying of cancer, I went through things I never thought I could endure. God made Himself so very real to me during that difficult time. Now I know that no matter what I go through, my God who was with me before will be with me again. Knowing this gives me confidence. I don't have to fear the future because God is with me.

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    1. Oh, Tiffany what a trying time! My heart goes out to you. Praising the Lord for the good ways He worked through that difficult time, and for the peace God continues to give you through your trials today because of His past faithfulness in your life. God bless you richly, Tiffany!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this reminder of the story of Daniel! That unwavering faith Daniel has is something I strive to have, but can of course fall short of that. The reminder to trust God fully is always a good reminder :)

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    1. Leigh, thanks for your sweet words. I think 99% of people fall short of Daniel's unwavering faith. But we can rejoice that if we have a solid knowledge of who God is, based on what the Bible says about Him, our faith will also be solid. As we daily make it a point to be in His Word, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will have a faith so strong that when trials come, like the apostle Paul we will say, "None of these things move me." God bless you richly!

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    1. Thanks. Angell! That is so neat! I'll be by! Thanks again! God bless you richly!

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