The Lions’ Den, Part II

This week, I will be gone taking a group of junior high and high school kids to a Christian camp. I will have no internet access, though I have scheduled posts for each day. I will respond to any comments that you leave when I get back home. Thanks for reading and God bless.

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.  Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Daniel 6:3-4

This verse has to contain one of the greatest compliments given to any man, ever.  Think about this testimony: “…the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.”  Imagine having that not only said about you, but written down by God is His Book for people to read for thousands of years!

These stories of the Old Testament are given to us for our learning and as examples.  The example that Daniel sets for us is a tough one to follow.  We do serve the same God that Daniel served.  Can the same be said of us?  If someone had something against us, could they say that “they could find none occasion nor fault?”  Could they say that we are “faithful?”  Could they say that there is no error or fault in us?

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure that if someone wanted to find something negative about me, they wouldn’t have to look very far.  I have plenty of faults and errors.  I have not always been faithful.  I will freely admit that I fall far, far short of Daniel’s example.  Even worse, I know that I fall far, far short of the perfect example set by Jesus Christ.

While we may not be there yet, we can aspire to the wonderful example that Daniel set for us so many years ago!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for this wonderful encouragement. Like you people seeking for fodder wouldn’t have to look very far. But that is changing with the help of the One who not only justifies but sanctifies!

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  2. This post reminds me of the articles I read where someone who’s passed away is remembered. And it makes me think, what would be said of me? ! ha!
    God bless you as you give Him your life to mold and change!

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    • Imagine if they said “they never did anything wrong.” What a great testimony! I want to be remembered as His servant. No more or less. That would be wonderful!

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  3. Thanks, Ben

    My mother always said you can never stop people from saying bad things about you but you can always make sure that what they say isn’t true 🙂

    “I don’t know about you, but I’m sure that if someone wanted to find something negative about me, they wouldn’t have to look very far. I have plenty of faults and errors. I have not always been faithful. I will freely admit that I fall far, far short of Daniel’s example. Even worse, I know that I fall far, far short of the perfect example set by Jesus Christ.”
    Praying we’ll live positive examples for those who come behind us. David dropped the ball over and over again yet his heart position caused him to be called ‘a man after God’s own heart’. I can’t leave a Daniel legacy, I’ve slipped too many times but thanks be to God for His mercy and His love in giving us second chances. I still have a chance to live Christ-like!

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • Amen and amen. I have slipped and fallen all over the place. I regret those things, but I can’t do anything about them now. I just have to follow Him today. I am encouraged by His mercy and His grace and the fact that He has given me second and third and eighty-seventh chances. It’s an amazing thing to think about.

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