Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 6:1-13

In chapter 6 we have a new empire, a new king, Darius, and a new set of administrators, called presidents and satraps. But there is the same old jealousy, scheming and plotting. They want to drag Daniel down. This amazing man is in for another test of his loyalty to his God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He doesn’t waver or waffle for a minute. He flings open his windows for all to see and “prays and gives thanks before his God as he had done previously” (v. 10). No “secret believer” Daniel. Neither does he go running to the king to complain about the unfair edict. He simply turns the matter over to God and goes about his business with his accustomed integrity and faithfulness. And the result? One of the most famous hero stories in all human history.

Come back tomorrow and be reminded of what happened.

PRAYER Lord, forgive us when we have conspired and schemed to hurt somebody we have been jealous of. Give us the courage of Daniel to maintain our integrity in the face of the nastiest schemes and attacks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.