No Excuses

Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit,
and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom.
Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs;
but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful,
and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
Daniel 6:3-4

Have you ever excused yourself for things that you didn’t do or that you didn’t do well?  Have you said things like: “I was tired,” “couldn’t think,” “too stressed,” “children wouldn’t behave” or “ran out of time”? 

When you read the book of Daniel, you will see a man who was responsible.  He was mainly concerned about His responsibility towards God.  A few verses on in this chapter the king made a decree that stated  anyone who worshipped anyone other than the king would be thrown into a den of lions.  This is a situation in which it would seem a person could excuse himself from praying to God.  Daniel didn’t look at it that way; he didn’t make excuses.  He didn’t allow people or things to turn him from what he knew he needed to do for God’s sake.

The only way a person can live a life totally for God is by depending on God for help.  In Daniel’s case it was obvious; even King Darius knew that God was the reason Daniel could be such a blameless, responsible person.  King Darius said, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” 

What a priceless thing it would be if we allowed the Lord to work in us so that we too could have a testimony like Daniel.  Spend time studying God’s Word so you can know God and can joyfully allow Him to work in your life.

be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless
2 Peter 3:14b

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