The Plan and the Decree
The conspirators needed to get rid of Daniel in short order. They decided that there must be something in his life that they could blackmail him with. However, there was nothing to find because he could not be bribed, and he could not be bought. He always insisted on doing things God’s way. (vs 4-5)
This frustrated them to no end because they could not believe that there were no dark secrets that were present in his life that they could use. They then decided that they would use his Christian life and beliefs to trap him.
The plotters conceived a plan that would ultimately trap Daniel, however, the King did not seem to realise this. The idea that was conceived appealed to the King’s pride. After all who wouldn’t want the whole world to worship him? (vs 6-9)
It was only when the conspirators came to complain about Daniel that he realised just what he had signed to. It seems as if he had not even realised the significance of the document that he had signed. (vs 14) However the law was written specifically to target Daniel’s relationship with God and the obvious open practice of his Christian life.
The good news was that Daniel kept on praying even when he discovered that the decree had been signed into law and posted. He trusted that God would either deliver or take him home. I would like to believe that he wanted to go out as he had lived, committed to his God, regardless of the outcome.
Our lives are the only bible that unbelievers read, so let’s ask the Lord to help us to walk it out reflecting Jesus every day. The enemy will always try to find a way to attack your Christian walk. We can however, be comforted by the fact that as we dwell in the secret place, we are covered under the protective wings of our wonderful Abba. We can be secure in the knowledge that he will always defend his children.
There are times when the enemy – Satan or the Accuser of the Brethren – cannot find anything to accuse the believer of and instead they try to find ways to place stumbling blocks in his/her way. In this time Governments will try to put laws in place to hinder the work of the Church, but they will not work. God’s law will always rule in the Kingdom of men.
These are the days that our core beliefs as children of God. We must decide where we will stand. Will we be like the three Hebrew boys or will we cave in, to the pressure of society? Today, we have a difficulty question to answer, how do we react when faced with pressure or persecution?
I pray that we will be able to search ourselves and give a truthful answer to the question.