Daniel’s elevation during Israel’s exile is inspiring. Under three unbelieving leaders, God’s servant remained faithful and righteous, earning him the trust of all he served. Not everyone, however, celebrates when the people of God function as salt and light in the world. The resistance Daniel faced is not unlike the open hostility that living as a Christian in the twenty-first century invites. Though God will use us to be a blessing to many, some enemies will resent and lash out at genuine faith. The more God elevates us, the greater the resistance likely will be. Responding correctly to attacks like these requires tremendous confidence in God’s sovereignty over your life and an abiding contentment with His plans. The hatred of a few should not prevent us from blessing as many people as possible as we live by faith. Daniel’s commitment was unshakeable, much like the resolve of Jesus. We too must strive to live with complete integrity no matter the personal cost.
How has your service to the Lord been a blessing to others? How has it cost you?