The bureaucrats in the Darius administration, could neither outwork or outfox Daniel. He had shown himself worthy to be second in command in Babylon. So, as they plotted, they came up with what they determined to be a stroke of genius. They would get the King to make worshipping God illegal. Then, if Daniel worshipped God, they would be rid of him. If he chose not to worship God, then his credibility would be shot and they would be rid of him. What could go wrong…right.
Throughout history, men have tried again and again to destroy God and his people. They have competed, connived, killed and cheated in any and every form or fashion to rid the world of its creator and his followers. Those that follow history know, however, that while much has been done to God and his people throughout the ages; God has never backed away and His people have always survived and thrived.
In current history, we see the persecution continue. In the middle-east, in the education world, in art and in almost every other facet of culture, men are trying to eradicate God from the equation, and his people from any meaningful position of influence. A wise man once said, the best way to expand evil is for Godly people to do nothing. In our current culture, we must be strong, faithful, prayerful and wise. We can lead the revival that can save our children and our country. To do so, however, we must remain faithful, prayerful and humbly seek him. Times are dire—Just like they were for Daniel. But our God is great and will never be defeated. I know, I have read the end of the story…
God Bless You
5 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.”
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.