BOOK OF DANIEL – Opposition Rises!

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Opposition Rises!

We are going to learn today what serving God may actually cost us.

As a man of advancing years, Daniel was still being used by God. Now in his eighties, Daniel was favored by the king who was planning on appointing him over the entire kingdom. In Daniel 6:4-5 we see the reaction of the other overseers and satraps. “Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; 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. Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.” (NASB)

Clearly, the friendly nature of the conquerors toward the Babylonians was not afforded to Daniel. His integrity and service evidently had no merit as far as the other two overseers were concerned nor with the satraps who each followed in line. What exactly were these 122 officials against in seeing Daniel appointed over them? There are several answers to that question but recall why Darius thought it good to appoint the 120 satraps and three overseers. Daniel 6:2 tells us it was in order that the king would not suffer loss. This system of government was meant to ensure taxes were collected which the satraps would be accountable for.  Having the integrity that David had obviously meant that he did not allow for himself to be corrupted nor allow anyone to act corruptly under his authority. One can imagine what these 122 men stooped to just by reflecting on a variety of government officials from many countries in our own day and age. Not only have we seen or read a plethora of corruption but character assassination now seems the order of the day if a person seeks an official office. This was, undoubtedly, what Daniel was now exposed to. Innuendo and agenda became the mark of the overseers and satraps in finding anything, something, they could “pin” on Daniel. But they found nothing. No grounds could be found to accuse him of anything. There was no evidence of corruption nor any negligence in discharging his official duties. They simply had nothing on him. They conceded defeat in looking for anything as to his service to the king. So they turned to look for something that they could find that would accuse him with regard to the law of God. In other words, they decided to look for something that Daniel was doing and not against the law of his God, for they knew he was forthright in his loyalty to his God. Rather, they looked for something he was doing that they could use to accuse him of going against the orders of the king. Little did Darius know that their intent was to involve him in their devious plans.

As we have stated, Satan has not and will not let up in his attacks upon God’s people. Daniel is a prime example of the attacks made on his faithfulness to God. You and I face the same attacks, albeit in differing degrees, in our lives. If Satan pursued our Lord, Jesus Christ, with relentless hostility don’t you think he is going to pursue you or me with the same fervor? If you doubt that then you are fooling yourself. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” (ESV) Satan will use those opposed to God and are doing anything in their power to bring a Christian down. Daniel did not have any skeletons in the cupboard so to speak. We may have. But if not, be assured we will be the focus of Satan’s attack in attempting to compromise our relationship with God. Many of God’s faithful have, and will continue to have, lies and accusations made against them in order to remove them from favor. That removal may even include imprisonment or the real threat of death. This is what may be at stake for anyone of us. As we move further into Daniel chapter six this is what happens to Daniel. We are in a war. Winning one battle does not win the war. We must endeavor to win every battle against Satan who wants to devour us (1 Peter 5:8) in order that we come out victorious by receiving God’s protection and blessings by our faithful service to Him.