Darius was the man in charge when Daniel was lowered into the den of lions. Darius while a man no better than you and I as far as thinking more of ourselves than we should. matter of fact this is recorded as what got him in trouble.
However his moral character was of such that he was able to to have good judgment about him. Thus he was able to see in Daniel an honest hearted faithful person with whom he could place his trust.
But in his human weakness he allowed others in leadership roles persuade him to dishonor his sense of decency and to misplace his trust in Daniel. He was tempted and fell into feeling that he was more than what he was.
As a result Daniel his truest and most trust worthy adviser wound up in the mist of a den of hungry lions. But Daniel had not only been faithful to him but also to God and his calling. Darius had come to think so highly of Daniel’s God that the next morning he went down to that pit and ordered the stone to be rolled away.
What happened next shows just how much Darius had been affected by the chances God had been giving them. The bible records this in Daniel 6:20; Daniel you are the servant of the living God. Has your God to whom you have been so faithful,said with still a pit of doubt, been able to save you?
Then to wipe away any remaining doubt Darius had Daniel’s voice resounded with a positive o Darius yes He has. My God has sent his angel and shut the mouths of the hungry lions.
Thus Persia passed its first God given test. The last recorded words and deeds of Darius are these. ” To all peoples, nation, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.”
Darius went on to write: ” For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth. Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Daniel 6: 25-27