According to Daniel 6:1-3, King Darius divided Babylon into 120 provinces (states) with a leader over each. Those 120 were responsible to three administrators and Daniel was one of those, who ultimately was being positioned to be over all of them. One of the outcomes of that decision by Darius to elevate Daniel to a position above all of the others was that the other 122 officials became jealous of Daniel (6:4-9).
When searching for chinks in Daniel’s armor, they didn’t find a fault in Daniel’s spiritual life. So, they pursued getting a law passed that would cause Daniel’s spiritual practices to be in opposition to the law of the land. But, Daniel didn’t cave to the pressures. He stuck to his beliefs. He was observed praying to God, which required the King to order him to be thrown into the lion’s den.
And, as we know, God protected Daniel from the hungry lions, proving once again God’s sovereignty. And in the end, God was glorified. (Daniel 6:25-28).
What we can learn from Daniel’s story:
INTEGRITY. Integrity is not that everything in a person’s private life is public; it’s that everything in a person’s private life makes sense with their public life. The two lives look as if they belong together.
- God may have given Daniel the leadership and organizational and administrative skills to be able to run an empire like Babylon or Persia, but God didn’t give Daniel integrity. Daniel built that one decision, one act, one choice at a time. Day after day, month after month, year after year.
- What if, like the 122 who were looking for imperfections in Daniel’s life, the microscope was turned on your life? How would you fare if they tried to find fault in your life?
Some very clear statements from Psalm 101 re: integrity…
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life…I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.
3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. (=I will be held accountable for integrity.)
This week, monitor yourself with those statements…
- Does your ‘private life’ match your ‘public life’?
- Could someone catch you acting in ways that are dishonest, disloyal, compromised, lazy, immoral, or unethical?
- There may not be 122 men with videos watching. But, God is.
And if we are going to be effective invaders of our culture, we have to do it with integrity! A lack of us makes us weak and ineffective because it makes us part of the culture, not set apart from it.