Daniel 6:4b – But they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
Daniel was a man of great integrity and was among those noted by the Lord for his righteousness, (see Ezekiel 14:12-14). Even though he was an exile, he found favour with Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus and he was distinguished in the eyes of king Darius ‘because an excellent spirit was in him.’ History tells us that Darius split the kingdom in 20 provinces and the bible confirms that he appointed 120 satraps (governors) to rule these areas. He then set 3 presidents above the governors. Daniel was esteemed to the point that ‘the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.’ What an accolade for the man of God who refused to compromise his faith in any way but remained steadfast in the laws of the Lord.
Daniel is such a role model for anyone who thinks that being a Christian is detrimental to their advancement in career or anything else in life. If you are in the place God has for you, there is nothing that cannot be overcome. Daniel sought the Lord for every circumstance; he prayed for wisdom, direction and understanding. He lived his life with integrity and dealt with the king’s affairs in honesty and fairness and no error or fault was found in him. He relied completely on God’s word and His faithfulness to uphold him through any and every situation. Daniel, like Abraham, never wavered through unbelief ‘concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised’ (Rom4).
This is the testimony I long for, to grow stronger in faith by being rooted in the promises of God. In gardening terms, the stronger the roots, the more stable the plant. Our roots need to be deep and strong, feeding on the Word and drinking in the living water. God is the source for every need and through him we too can receive wisdom, direction and understanding for everything that we undertake.
We may not be esteemed by everyone but we can live our lives with integrity and deal honestly, fairly and hospitably with everyone we meet.