(Before delving into the main message. Let’s review Daniel 6:1-28.)
Daniel was singled out for greatness because of his excellent spirit (verses 1-3).
Many sought a way to pull him down in kingdom matters but they couldn’t because he was faultless. (Note that excellence comes with perfection).
The only option left was to use the law of God (verses 4-5).
They knew that the king could change his mind because “the king thought to set him over the whole realm (verse 3)” which can only be done out of love. They made the king sign the writing [“with” the law of Medes and Persians] so that they would take the king by his words which was needed for their plot to work perfectly (verse 8). No wonder why they reminded the king about it in verse 15.
Thank God for Daniel, he followed the Spirit of God, leaving people and their vain laws (verse 10).
The seal wasn’t enough. They made use of “strong words” too (see verse 13 “…regardeth not thee……”) to ensure Daniel’s destruction.
Thieves only come to steal, to kill and to destroy anything good (John 10:10).
The Excellent spirit promoted Daniel (Daniel 1:19-20; 2:46-48; 6:3). Also, it made him have enemies. Does it mean that being excellent is a crime?
Good things attract thieves, remember.
Therefore, wishing for a life without problem is like a curse. It’s like saying one won’t excel. Instead, one should pray for the grace to overcome them.
Now, how do we overcome them?
The secret behind it is to continue what made one excel.
Daniel was just good [not yet excellent] when he was taken up in captivity alongside with other children (see Daniel 1:3-4). But he gained excellence when he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself not minding what others do. How do I know this? See Daniel 1:16-20.
He excelled because he stood out for what was right.
And he continued in that;
He prayed “as he did aforetime” even when the writing of the king was against it. He stood out FOR GOD’s commandment– “pray without ceasing”.
But how can one stand out without unshaken faith? In Daniel 2:15-19, he stood out because of faith. He trusted God for what was needed to change his story. He didn’t stop there, he acted on it. He told the king that “he would show the king the interpretation” even before he got the revelation of the dream. He was a man of faith!
And he continued therein;
It was recorded of him that “no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God” (Daniel 6:23b).
Today, nations can amend their laws in honour of God just as it is in Daniel’s story (Daniel 6:25-26). The question is, are you ready to pay the price?
The price of excellence remains in perfection.
Let’s stand out for righteousness always, pray without ceasing; and be men and women of faith.
May God help us all in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thanks for reading. Shalom!