Dan.6: 10 “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room… He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” [with emphasis].
We see from scripture that Daniel knew that a law had been passed that clearly put his life at risk. Yet, Daniel still prayed three times a day “as usual”. If you were in Daniel’s shoes, would you wait a few weeks before you pray because it is not just worth the risk? After all it is not like you have denied God. Waiting for a few weeks is the wise thing to do. Or maybe you would pray privately after all God sees the heart and He knows that you are kneeling down on the inside even though am not kneeling down on the outside. There is no sense in inviting persecution. Or would you pray in public for all to see, just like Daniel did? Bring on the lions! I want you to be true to yourself.
My advice to you is that you do not deny God. God says, “I will deny you if you deny Me”. Remember the Martyrs of Sebaste? The one that walked away, the one that denied Christ, is he still alive today? He is dead and forgotten, nobody even knows his name. Everybody will go. There are three C’s that determine if you are going to last in any industry, in business, and in career and they are: Corruption, Competence, and Conviction. The first C is Corruption; if there is corruption in you then it is just a function of time – a time bomb. The second C is Competence; Daniel was really competent. The truth is, it is your peers that really know who is competent and who is not, not the bosses. When your peers say you are competent, it means you are above board. The other officials could not trap Daniel in corruption or in competence. So, they thought their best bet would be his conviction; but did they really trap him? Conviction will see you through and by the time you are done, you will still be standing, and all your enemies would have expired.
These three things are key; corruption, competence, and conviction. Get rid of corruption, be super competent, and be filled with conviction in your faith in Christ. If you do this, nothing will be able to stop you. You may go through the “lion’s den”, but you are going to come out with promotion and prosperity. That is what happened to Daniel. The dilemma that Dairus got himself into is a huge leadership lesson we must learn from as leaders and potential leaders. Every leader must develop the capacity to see through things, through sycophancy. Leaders that cannot see through things have their days numbered. You must be able to see through what people say and do not say.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I ask for a fresh infilling, that I will take pleasure in pleasing God and judge only according to my Spiritual senses, not by physical senses, in Jesus Name. Amen!