"Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation." (Daniel 2:24)
Daniel's boldness and confidence are rooted in the fact that he is acting upon the divine authority of God. His statements are not arrogant; yet, neither are they timid and fearful. In his faith and submission to the God of heaven, Daniel has found a peace and confidence which is known only through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He was prepared to do battle with the powers at hand because he was living, yes, actually living in the fear of God. First of all he commands Arioch to cease his execution of the king's orders, and then he boldly declares his basis for such a countercommand, " bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation." He was not afraid to be the spokesman, neither was he afraid to deliver the interpretation. Why? Because it was a message not of his own making; it was a message delivered by the dispensation of angels from the Source of all wisdom. The One who knows what is in the darkness. God's word gave Daniel confidence. Submission to God's will gave Daniel peace. Obedience and a proper response to the trial which God had allowed led to the gracious answer of Daniel's prayer. O the confidence and joy that must have been in the hearts of these young men as they beheld the God of their fathers work in their very midst!
God's people can glean some very important principles from these things. Confidence and the ability to do battle will never come apart from submission to the word of God. Lasting peace will not be consistently experienced by a believer who does not make God's truth a priority. Daniel and his friends were ready to do battle with the powers of darkness because they were immersed in God's truth. They made the fear of the Lord and the study of His Scriptures the main priority in their lives; therefore, when the confrontation came, they were ready. A Christian cannot expect to defend himself and others against spiritual attack if he is not immersed in the sword of God's word. He cannot expect to defend himself or his fellow believers from the hellish doctrine of false teachers if he is not allowing the Spirit of God to grow him through the study of the word. A believer who has time for everything except the Bible will be a believer who is constantly defeated. God's people must learn to grow beyond a surface understanding of His truth. They must allow the Holy Spirit to take them to the next level. Ignorance is dangerous. Paul warned the Hebrew believers of its crippling effects when he said, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14)." Submission to God's Spirit coupled with meditation in His written word will equip the believer to do battle with confidence and peace, but a neglect of these things will cause him to fail when he most needs to succeed.
May God's people learn that nothing rewards like the study of His word. May they learn to experience the peace of confidence which come through obedience to His commands. May they learn to say No to the flesh and Yes to the Spirit, so that when the battle arises, rather than fleeing in terror or being slain by the enemy, they may say with boldness and confidence in the divine of authority of God, "...bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation."