“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. So they concluded, ‘our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion’.” 6:4-5
Something I like about this story is the reminder that we are to be above reproach, blameless before others, but that our behavior doesn’t save us. Sometimes I convince myself that if I perform properly for the Lord, if I don’t sin or don’t let him down, I’ll earn his providence and safety. Yes, in this circumstance, Daniel’s life was spared in the lion’s den. But he still experienced suffering and hardship. His peers turned on him, spied on him at his house and got him arrested. He still spent a long, cold night in a dark cave, hearing the growls of lions. Daniel demonstrates the same meekness that Christ did facing the cross. He didn’t defend himself, but trusted God to defend him.
Something I don’t like about this story is that the families of the men who tried to get Daniel killed were punished. Our sin always impacts more people and situations than we anticipate.
I want to be like Daniel, where a committee of people pour over the details of my life and can’t find fault anywhere. But I’m really far from that. These chapters call me to faithfulness, responsibility and being trustworthy.