Daniel 6:4–5, “At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
In America when one makes the statement “Big Brother is watching,” one is referring to the “eyes” of the government keeping watch upon the people.
When you go into a store perhaps there are video cameras around that monitor the activity of the people in the store which are being viewed by someone behind the scenes. In this same way the eyes of the ungodly are watching you! In this passage of Scripture Daniel was being watched by ungodly leaders who like Jesus’ accusers, could find no fault in his life. His conduct and government affairs were found to be with consistent integrity. These corrupt leaders manipulated the king to sign a decree which would eventually be broken by Daniel. How did Daniel respond to these ungodly watching eyes?
- Keep keen awareness. The Scriptures point out, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published.” How did Daniel learn of this decree since this ordeal was a setup against Daniel? Perhaps because Daniel too was in the place of leadership and all the leaders were made aware of this fact. Daniel kept a keen awareness of the news, laws, and events surrounding his exile. By Daniel’s wisdom perhaps he made it a point to know the latest news and how it would affect his godly lifestyle as a godly leader in an ungodly land (Babylon). Do you keep a keen awareness of the law, news, and surrounding events in light of how they will affect you?
2. Develop a Habit of prayer. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Prayer to the Lord was not a once in a while event for Daniel, but a lifestyle that he implored three times each day. How’s your prayer habit?
3. Refuse to Compromise. Daniel knew the decree was signed, and that breaking the decree to keep the law of God would result in being placed in the lion’s den. Did a lion’s den defer, slowdown, or cancel Daniel’s living for his God in the face of the ungodly, NO WAY! Daniel would rather die than to allow some laws negatively affect his relationship to the Lord. Is there anything that causes you to compromise?
Ungodly eyes are watching you every day, but what are they seeing. Are you keeping keen awareness of what is going on around you? Are you developing a habit of prayer, and do you refuse to compromise your walk with God? You can’t stop the world from watching you, nor should you try. Rather shine brightly for Jesus and give them an eyeful!
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><