Because Daniel lived a blameless life and found favor with the king, some of the governors despised him.
Daniel 6:4 (NKJV) said, “So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.”
Knowing Daniel was devoted to God, those men conspired by saying, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God” (verse 5).
Therefore, the governors and satraps went to the king and manipulated him into signing a binding decree that prohibited the people from petitioning any god or man for thirty days, except the king.
If someone disobeyed the decree, he or she would be thrown into the den of lions.
You see, the devil is always motivated to destroy your relationship with God, and he will send people in your life to accomplish his malevolent plans for your life.
Daniel recognized that and did not let the ruling stop him from obeying God. He actually went home, “opened his windows to Jerusalem,” and prayed on his knees three times that day because that was is daily habit (verse 10).
Do not allow anyone to hinder you from being consistent with God. No matter how much they threaten you, belittle your faith, or insult you.
Now when Daniel’s enemies discovered he was praying, they informed the king. They also reminded him of the binding ruling.
The king became extremely distressed about the situation, and attempted to save Daniel, but they reminded him that the law of the Medes and Persians said the decree could not be altered.
Always remember that your enemies are watching you closely to set you up for a lions’ den experience. And they are not plotting with insignificant people. No, your enemies are manipulating high officials (church leaders, employers, politicians, just to name a few) in order to upset your life. So be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.
But never forget that the righteous are like lions and that they serve the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, who controls every lion in the den.
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