A Man of Character

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Daniel 6:1-9

“We will never find any[thing] against . . . Daniel unless . . . it has to do with . . . his God.” (v. 5, niv)

The Holy Spirit tells us here much that is very helpful about Daniel. We see especially his character, his faithfulness and devotion, and his impact on those around him.

Daniel has once again risen to the top of his profession, this time in the new Persian empire of Darius (v. 3). Other officials are very jealous and want to get rid of him, but Daniel is trustworthy, diligent, and incorruptible. His only “fault” is his religion (v. 5), the very thing that has made Daniel what he is. Nothing matters more to Daniel than his relationship with God, maintained and nourished with prayer at least three times a day, and that friendship with the Lord has molded Daniel’s character.

There will always be people who are jealous and resentful of success, doubly so if they can attribute it to our religion. Being a Christian will not necessarily make you better at your job, but it should mean you work more conscientiously, and so you are likely to be successful at what you do. The New Testament writers warn us that people will misjudge us and lie about us. Our responsibility is to make sure that there is no fault in us to justify their attacks (see 1 Peter 4:14-16).

PRAYER

Lord, may my only “fault” be my time spent with you.