Do the Right Thing

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Daniel 6:10-15

He . . . prayed . . . just as he had done before. (v. 10, niv)

Some brave deeds are done without thinking. You see someone at risk and you move to save them, only realizing the danger to yourself afterwards. But to be warned, as Daniel was, that you will die in a very unpleasant way if you go on doing what is right, and then to decide that your duty matters more than life itself, that is real bravery.

Notice that Daniel has developed a custom of regular devotions over a long period of his life. As the proverb says,

Sow a thought, reap an action;

sow an action, reap a habit;

Sow a habit, reap a character,

sow a character, reap a destiny.

From his first appearance as a young deportee at the court of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel has lived by his foundation principle—obey God in every detail, particularly in the habit of meeting him regularly in worship. As Daniel has obeyed, he has developed a delight in that relationship. Daniel’s relationship with God is living and personal; knowing the Lord in this way is more important than anything else.

So Daniel comes to his destiny. Maintaining his relationship with God is so central to him that when worshiping God is made punishable by death, Daniel doesn’t even have to think about it. He prays, just like usual.


He . . . prayed . . . just as he had done before. (v. 10, niv)