“Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible and completely trustworthy.” Daniel 6:4
I remember back when I was in school. Writing came naturally for me, as it does now. My English teachers tended to like me a lot because I could write well. God gave me a gift and I enjoyed it even back then. Only trouble was that other students got jealous. “Teacher’s pet” some would call me. Yes if you stand out because of something then others will stand against you. Good and evil continue to war against each other.
Daniel excelled at his job. His success angered others in leadership who likely had issues and wanted to gain from fraud and corruption. See fraud and corruption tend to run with governments. And one good man, Daniel, wanted to do things right. That did not sit well with these others.
One lesson I see in Daniel here is this. Do not give your enemies ammunition they can use to attack you. Daniel was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. The king knew he could leave everything in Daniel’s capable hands. Well now, but Daniel was a foreigner. That just did not sit well with the others in authority. Still how do you attack a man who is the absolute best at his job?
Be warned. Often when you do right others want to do wrong. And when you take a stand they will come after you. Daniel performed his job well, yet he came under attack and you might too. Daniel did not conform to a lesser standard. Instead he managed quite well. I am sure he knew others were not happy about him getting the job, however, this did not keep him from doing his best. Thus Daniel had the respect of the king.
Just because you do well does not mean you won’t face enemies. In fact quite the opposite is true. That said, we represent our Lord in this dark world. Just because we don’t like conflict, does that mean we should neglect our duty? Daniel would say no. Stand firm. Do you best. Be aware that you will face conflict. Yet in facing conflict you will not be alone. The Lord walks through the storm with you. He will see you through.
These morning meditations written by Christian believer and author, Patricia Hawkins, who offers these meditations for your personal edification. You may contact Patricia at email@example.com.