Devotional: ‘Our Only Crime is That We are Guilty of Glorifying God’

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If someone tried to make an accusation against you, would it stick? Could it be said of us that the only thing we were guilty of was glorifying God?

It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss.  Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.   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.” (Daniel 6:1-5) 

Many believe that by now Daniel is an old man, perhaps having spent nearly seventy years in Babylonian captivity. We see also in this chapter a new king by the name of Darius and a new kingdom ruled by the Persians. Shortly after Darius conquered Babylon, he established a new form of government with 120 ‘satraps’ or governors ruling over 120 established providences within the kingdom. Among these 120 leading men in Babylon, none was more honorable than Daniel. Scripture says that Darius made Daniel the ‘governor of the governors.’

But Daniel’s promotion didn’t come without its problems.  As we can see from our text, all the other governors were jealous of this ‘old Hebrew’s recognition;’ therefore, they set out to find a way to bring him down. After a thorough investigation they determined that the only thing they could accuse him of was faithfully glorifying his God.

Of all the charges that someone might try to bring against us, could it be that nothing else would stick except the charge of being ‘committed to live the Christian life?’ Could it be said that the only crime we were guilty of was the crime of glorifying God?

I close with these words from Peter –

1 Peter 2:12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world… It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

 

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