Sovereignty: Our manipulative subconsciouses frequently tell us that our sins are inconsequential because God is sovereign. We think, I should have prayed about that situation before I jumped into it. But then we quickly justify ourselves, Don’t worry. God is sovereign, even when you don’t seek him first. Yes, this is true that God is sovereign, gracious, and forgiving. Yet his sovereignty is not intended to give us an excuse to sin or to take sin lightly. What, then, is it for?
Conspiracy: As the new king of the massive Median-Persian Empire , Darius recognized that Daniel “possessed an extraordinary spirit” and decided to give him charge over the kingdom . Jealous officials, however, feigned interest in Darius’ decision in order to destroy Daniel. Knowing that Daniel worshiped God, they convinced Darius to issue an injunction prohibiting anyone from praying to any god or man besides the king for thirty days—punishable by being cast into the lions’ den .
Risk: When Daniel heard about the injunction, he could have used God’s sovereignty as an excuse to obey the statute and disobey the Lord. He could have said to himself, “Surely the Lord did not call me into this position merely to lose it so quickly? What is thirty days anyway? I can pray when the exile is over, when it’s safe.” Yet he did not. Instead, he used God’s sovereignty as a reason to take a risk by continuing to honor God—praying three times a day, kneeling towards Jerusalem  and giving thanks to God .
Praise: When the officials caught him, they turned him over to Darius, who was forced to throw Daniel in the lions’ den. Daniel was calm as he faced his punishment, while Darius was distraught  – he fasted, refused entertainment and could not sleep . Yet Daniel survived and even Darius recognized that his survival was due to God’s sovereignty: “ … He is the living God and enduring forever … His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed … His dominion will be forever … ” 
Prayer: Lord, You are sovereign. Yet we often use your sovereignty as license to sin rather than trust. Prepare us to take risks of obedience, as we trust you, believe in you, and put our faith in you. Amen.
 At sixty-two years old, Darius reigned over the Median-Persian Empire, which was the largest kingdom ever known at this point in world history, stretching to the Atlantic Ocean and past modern-day Libya, east towards India and north towards Turkey. Its massive expanse required efficient organization and, thus, Darius appointed bureaucratic officials (e.g., Daniel) to keep the kingdom intact. |  Daniel 6:3 NASB |  Daniel 6:7 NASB |  He faced Jerusalem because it was a reminder of God’s promises to Israel, a reminder of the prophecies of Jeremiah and a reminder of the presence of God. |  See Daniel 6:10 |  Daniel 6:16 |  Daniel 6:19 |  Daniel 6:26-27