Three Things that will keep you safe from liars and lions
“Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.”
Daniel 6:4 NLT
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”
Daniel 6:4, 10 NLT
My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.””
Daniel 6:4, 22 NLT
We live in a time where people who are intimidated by your favor will try to find something on you to bring you down. Especially if they think you don’t deserve the success you’re experiencing. If people can’t find something on you they will make it up.
I remember when President Obama was criticized for wearing a tan suit and his wife Michelle criticized for wearing a dress with no sleeves. Here is an intelligent couple leading the country, saving it from a recession without any scandals and they are over scrutinized because people hoped they failed but God kept them for eight years in the lions den.
Daniel was scrutinized by his colleagues in the government of Babylon. He was a minority that had advanced to the third highest office in Babylon and was on his way to he promoted over the whole empire because of the anointing on his life to interpret dreams and prophecy.
His adversaries tried to find something on him but they couldn’t because he had three character traits that prevented them from finding fault.
- He was faithful. He didn’t get involved with mess and wasn’t slacking off. Whenever they checked up on him, Daniel was doing the work that the King assigned him. He was faithful. He was doing what he was supposed to be doing. The old folks used to sing a song in my home church, “don’t let him catch you with your work undone!” They can’t say anything if you’re doing your job effectively.
- He was always responsible. He was morally accountable for his behavior. He passed the audit of his behavior when nobody was looking. We should always take 💯 % responsibility for how react or respond in any given situation.
- He was completely trustworthy. The king didn’t have to worry about Daniel being duplicitous, saying one thing in his face and doing something else behind his back. Daniel could be trusted. He was always the same! In order to be trusted you have to do what you say you’re going to do consistently.
When they couldn’t find anything on Daniel they decided to change the law to punish Daniel for doing something pertaining to his faith in God. They tricked the King into signing a law making it illegal to pray to anybody but the King knowing that Daniel prayed three times a day!
If you’re going to get in trouble make sure you get in trouble obeying God and having good character. Because if you do that God will shut up the liars and the lions.
When the haters saw Daniel praying three times a day they brought that back to the king. Because he had signed it into law he couldn’t undo what he made law. Instead the King reluctantly threw his best employee in the lions’ den and fasted all night for him.
Sometimes your talent will take you where your character can’t keep you but sometimes your character will take you into the lions’ den. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you serve God the way you’re supposed to it will get you out of trouble and into trouble!”
What got Daniel in the Lions’ den was his three character traits. He was advancing too fast and jealous people manipulated the law to get him locked up. What got him out were the three things he did everyday. He prayed to God three times a day!
When the king came looking for him and asked, “Daniel was your God able to keep you all night in the Lions’ den?” Daniel replied, “My God kept me by shutting the mouths of the lions all night! I have not done anything against my King like my haters said I did!”
The King then brought all the liars along with their wives and children and threw them into the lions’ den. Before their feet hit the floor the same lions that slept with Daniel leaped and devoured the liars and their family!
Three things will keep you safe from liars and lions; your character (being faithful, responsible, and trustworthy) and your prayer life.
Thank you for watching over me and protecting me from people who want nothing more than for me to fail. When my ways are pleasing to you then you will protect me from character assassination and shut the mouths of lions sent to attack me. The devil is like a lion walking too and fro seeking whom he may devour but he has no power over us when we choose to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness. Help me to live my best life today and to pray throughout my day and avoid those who try to prey on my life.
In Jesus’ Name