Daniel 6:1-15 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
As I was reading these scriptures in the Bible, there was something personal that stuck out. Having recently went through a time where persons made allegations against me that were not true, I felt a kindred spirit with Daniel as the governors and satraps plotted against him. I wouldn’t go as far as to say “they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him” as I am far from perfect.
I realized that there is nothing that I can do to stop people from plotting against me. Daniel lived a good life, and couldn’t stop them from finding something to trap him. It is what I do when attacked that make a difference. Daniel continued to live his values and not argue his point.
I serve a God that is bigger than others opinions. I can’t base my actions on what others think. Daniel knew what the law said, but it violated God’s law and that is what matters. I have to live my life in line with the values that I hold to be true.
I serve a God that can control things outside of my control. Daniel faced the lion’s den, but didn’t change. I don’t need to try to manipulate others in to liking me or in to seeing things the way that I want. I serve a God that even when the plots do work against me, He can bring it out for His glory and honor.
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