- Daniel 6:1-28
“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.” –Daniel 6:4, ESV
Can this be said of you? Can even your enemies find no ground for complaint against you? Area you gentle, kind, respectful, full of integrity, speak no malicious word, avoid gossip, and live an upright life? These are daily questions. They should be something we consider about our lives as Christians. If we behave in unseemly ways, why would anyone want to follow our God?
Yet before you tear down yourself and seek a course of legalism in order to answer these questions in the affirmative, there is more to learn from this passage.
“Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: ‘Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.'” –Daniel 6:25-27, ESV
Read the section again. Because Daniel was upright and no fault could be found in him, the king tried to imagine ways to save him. And even after the king sealed Daniel in the den with those hungry lions, the king spent the night fasting. The morning came, and there they king was, yelling into the den, hoping Daniel’s God had saved him. Daniel’s uprightness was not to achieve his own glory. Even the king saw the power lay in the hands of Daniel’s God. The result being that the king proclaimed the goodness of the Lord to all the people, declaring they should tremble and fear before such a mighty God.
The point of your uprightness isn’t so you can say you are upright. You shouldn’t be blameless to check a box or be glorified. You should be blameless to glorify God. And you do that by seeking Him first. Seek Him, and the rest of everything else will fall into place. For the more you seek Him, the more the Spirit will strip away all that is unseemly. Soon the greatness of His grace will so overshadow your feeble attempts at changing, you will have changed without knowing how He accomplished it. Sometimes it takes work; but every time it starts with seeking.