“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” (Daniel 6:10)
The Bible tells us in Daniel 6:3 that Daniel had an excellent spirit in him; and because of this excellent spirit, Daniel was preferred above his enemies to be Prime Minister of State under the reign of King Darius. Why was Daniel given such honor? It is because he lived his life before an open window.
No matter how much Daniel’s enemies scrutinized him, they could find no fault in him morally or ethically.
“Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.” (Daniel 6:4)
Daniel was a man of integrity; he kept his business dealings honest with the king and his subjects. It’s obvious that the king saw something extraordinary in Daniel that he did not see in the others. We can say that Daniel was a prudent man, morally and ethically sound.
When the enemies of Daniel could find no occasion of fault in him morally, they attacked him religiously.
Daniel praying three times a day was no new thing; it was something he did faithfully. God was the Head of Daniel’s life, and of that Daniel was not ashamed. (Please read Daniel Chapter 6 in its entirety.)
How did the enemies of Daniel know that he prayed three times a day? He lived his life before an open window.
What about you Christian? Do you live your life before an open window? Or are you ashamed?
Jesus says in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 3:15-16 writes:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”
I pose this question unto you, dear reader: How can we give an answer to every man of the hope that is in us, if we don’t live our life before an open window?
Are you living your life before an open window?