Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. - Daniel 6:3-4 NIV
Satan is the most shrewd, crafty, clever, and cunning character. The Bible says he is always prowling around, trying to derail us from walking with the Lord. Daniel is no exception. God has given him great favor in the eyes of King Darius–favor to the point of promoting him over the entire kingdom. This makes the other officials so jealous that they devise a plan to get rid of Daniel for good. The men convince King Darius to sign a decree that punishes anyone who petitions a “god” other than Darius. These men say, “All the high officials of the kingdom agree to this.” (Daniel is a high official, but he doesn’t agree to this.) Satan puts just enough truth into a lie to make it seem acceptable.
We know the rest of the story. Daniel trusts God to save him from the lions, and God does. Darius spends a sleepless, worry-filled night in his room waiting for dawn. When he finds Daniel alive and safe, he praises God and sends out a decree that everyone in all the dominion of his kingdom must worship the one true God. What happens to the deceivers? The lions crush the bones of them and their families before they even reach the bottom of the pit.
As you work to bring God glory in the workplace, and He works favorably for you, others may become quite jealous. But just as God protected Daniel as he stood up for Him, God will protect you. Give Him the glory in all that you do.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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