Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
Daniel was faithful to God and that's the only thing they could use against him.
Stop and think about that for a moment.
My life is so far from not perfect... far from being without ground for complaint.
I struggle with knowing what's the right thing to do or to say and I hate the politics of dealing with people as I just find it all stressful. Good thing that most of the time the people I have to work with are family right?
But Daniel... he was found faultless.
They needed to use his love for God against him.
Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.
To take the thing we most value (or at least the thing that we SHOULD most value) and find a way to use that against us.
For if it is the thing we most value it will be a difficult struggle for us. Do we do what is right by God or do what is right by man?
We should always choose to do what is right by God. And therein lies the struggle right?
On one hand... if we do what is right by God it's an easy choice.. just follow God's will.
But on the other hand we may be tempted to think.. let's do what they want as it means we have more of a chance to show who God is. If we're gone from the scene how do we do that???
But doing right by God, if we truly love him, it's the only way we will really see our way through, as scary as that might be.
Daniel knew he faced the lion's Den. But it didn't stop him from doing what was right by God.
And in the end... a king was changed.
But Daniel didn't know that would happen.
He just did what was right and true.
My prayer this day?
That I be able to follow Daniel's example.
That I raise my boy in such a way that he will be able to follow Daniel's example.
Will you join me in that prayer? Thanks.