Daniel 6:16 – Then the king commanded, and Daniel was bought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”
Not everyone was happy with the amount of power and influence that Daniel had been given by Darius – ‘the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom,’ but they could not find any fault or error with him because he was faithful and true in all his responsibilities. These rulers knew that they would have to find another angle of attack. “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
They were so driven by jealousy that they devised a plan which they hoped would play into the king’s ego, persuading him that for the next 30 days he alone should be worshipped. Anyone found making petition to any other man or god should be thrown to the lions. They wanted more than the king’s word on this, they wanted it in writing, as law, with his signature. To their delight, Darius agreed and signed the injunction. Now all they had to do was watch and wait.
Daniel knew what had taken place and he could have prayed secretly or at night, away from prying eyes but he was unashamed of his faith and his commitment to the Lord, so,
He went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
The governors had what they needed and went straight to the king. Darius knew he had been conned and used as a weapon against a man that he had grown to care deeply about and he ‘was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel.’ Unfortunately, the document was foolproof and on the king’s command, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions.
You may come across people in your life who are jealous of your achievements and who will go to any length to prevent you from having what they think they deserve. They may use underhand tactics to destroy what you’ve built or use lies and deceit to ruin your reputation and it may feel like you have been thrown to the lions. Whatever situation you find yourself in, God is able to deliver you from it.
Jealousy can be destructive; pray against it and ensure that it does not sneak into your life. God has more than enough blessings for all of us, so if someone is doing well, rejoice with them and be happy for them. Be for one another, not against. Encourage others in their achievements and give thanks to the Lord for his abundant goodness.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! Psalm 133:1