Daily D – Daniel 6:3
Daniel 6:3 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.
Good work well done gets rewarded. What reward do you deserve today?
Who you work for makes a difference in how you think about these questions. If you think you work for a business or provide public services of some sort, you may think you deserve rewards simply for showing up or for showing up for years and years.
A friend years ago jokingly said, “It’s my job to show up. It’s their job to see if they can get anything out of me.”
There are employees like this. They always seem surprised when they get fired or reassigned.
Daniel had the kind of work ethic that honors God and blesses others. Let’s practice our King James English and say, “Go thou and do likewise.”
Taking note of what Daniel 6:1-3 says about Daniel, let’s see what happened next. The Message paraphrases this for us with enjoyable clarity:
The vice-regents and governors got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel’s life that they could use against him, but they couldn’t dig up anything. He was totally exemplary and trustworthy. They could find no evidence of negligence or misconduct. So they finally gave up and said, “We’re never going to find anything against this Daniel unless we can scheme up something religious.”
Daniel 6:4-5 MSG
If you know the rest of the story, these guys manipulated circumstances and got Daniel tossed into the lions’ den. Talk about your bad days!
What put Daniel in such a terrifying place with all the terror that goes with it? He prayed to God when an order had been issued contrary to his spiritual disciplines. Read the chapter for the rest of the story even if you know it. Daniel got more rest in the lions’ den than the king did in his royal palace. His accusers also got to spend a few moments in the lions’ den. It was not a restful experience.
Daniel lived a life God could reward. And he did.
A woman was buckling her child into the car seat when a man tried to abduct the child. A Chick fil A employee saw what was happening and tackled the would-be kidnapper. I’m pretty sure he gets waffle fries for life after that.
What will you deserve at the end of this day, week, month, or year? A deacon in one of the churches I served said a good pastor, “Makes his own raise.” Of course, he quit giving and stirred up enough trouble that my raise came when I left for another church. You’ll have to read my forthcoming novel to hear the rest of this one.
I will live a life God can reward.
Our Father, I want to show up. I want to work hard, smart, and well. I want to honor you and bless others. I want to help others learn how to live the exemplary life of Daniel and his friends. I want to live a life as clean as Daniel so that lions go hungry when I stand in their presence. Amen.
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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”