We preach and teach about Daniel and the lions’ den, focusing in on the miraculous delivery but what about the reason for being thrown in with the lions? True, Daniel continued to pray to God after the king had made a decree forbidding everyone from praying to any god or human being except the king for thirty days. But, the real reason goes back further to what led to the king’s decree, to what was taking place in Daniel’s “workplace.”
How Daniel’s Co-Workers Viewed Him:
Daniel was excelling in his job and was being recognized for it, which made his co-workers jealous. They wanted to sabotage Daniel’s success by bringing an accusation against him “but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him” (Dan. 6:1-4).
Notice that they could find “NO” negligence or corruption in him. That undoubtedly meant he did not justify even little breaks in integrity saying,
“it doesn’t hurt anything”
“nobody will notice”
“everybody’s doing it”
Rather, he was characterized as . . .
People could depend on him to do his job and do it well. He was trustworthy, consistent, dependable.
no negligence in him
He did not make mistakes due to carelessness. He was not remiss at anything. He would not have cut corners or glossed over errors. He would have been conscientious, attentive and careful in what he did.
no corruption in him
Daniel maintained moral integrity. He would not have gotten caught up in little white lies. He would have been honest and good.
Daniel’s co-workers concluded, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God” (Dan. 6:5). Since the above character traits flowed from Daniel’s walk with God, his co-workers would have to manipulate the king into making a decree they knew Daniel would not be able to keep because of his unwavering devotion to his God.
Questions for Us in the Workplace:
- How do your co-workers view you?
- What kind of testimony do you have in the workplace?
- Is your work marked by excellence?
- Are you willing to suffer for righteousness sake, if need be?