Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.
You probably have heard the expression, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” This was certainly true in the life of the prophet Daniel.
Because of Daniel’s faith in God and God’s work through Daniel:
- The King of Babylon fell on his face and recognized God as the God of gods and Lord of kings (Daniel 2:46-47).
- All of the wise men of Babylon were spared from execution (Daniel 2:12-16).
- Daniel’s three friends were promoted along with Daniel (Daniel 2:49).
What impact can righteous people have on others around them? You need to look no further than Daniel for an example of what one man’s faith and commitment can do. Because of Daniel, and God’s working through him (and his three friends), the course of the Babylonian kingdom was changed. Decisions that affected the whole empire were made because of men like Daniel and his three friends (see also Daniel 3:28-30;6:25-28).
What about you? What is God doing through you? Look around to see how your faith and commitment to God is affecting those around you.
Here are a several other examples for your further study.
All these passages clearly indicate the impact of God’s people on the world around them. Whether or not you can specifically understand the interpretation of the following verses, you can see in each of them that God’s people had an incredible influence on others. This is because of what God does through us.
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
(1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
Thus says the LORD: “The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you and be yours; they shall follow you; they shall come over in chains and bow down to you. They will plead with you, saying: ‘Surely God is in you, and there is no other, no god besides him.'”
Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'”
Rahab the Harlot’s words to the Israelite spies: Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”
When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.”