Vindication for the Upright

January 11, 2022

Vindication for the Upright

Daniel 6:3-5

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him concerning the law of his God.

               If we are going to get into trouble for something let it be because of something like Daniel.  The excellent spirit that Daniel possessed was the Holy Spirit.  He walked with such integrity and righteousness that he was like a light in a dark place.  The objective of darkness is to extinguish the light, so men, moved by the unseen forces of greed, jealousy and treachery, sought Daniel’s destruction. 

               Most all of us know well the story of Daniel and the Lion’s den and how these evil men persuaded the King to pass a law to worship only him; which they knew Daniel would have to violate because of his uprightness and faithfulness to God.   It looked like the plan had worked and Daniel, by law was thrown into a Lion’s den to be devoured for his disobedience to civil law.  This was much to the dismay of the King, but he couldn’t go back on his decree. 

               Daniel walked and lived in Kingdom principles.  He obeyed and submitted to civil law in so much as it didn’t cause him to violate the higher law of God.  His integrity and uprightness stood as a beacon and testimony of his commitment and faithfulness to God, as ours should in this time. 

               Many of us have experienced times in our lives when we were persecuted, defrauded and even legally prosecuted for making a righteous stand.  It wasn’t because it was the easiest thing to do, but we knew it was the right thing to do and so we made our stand.  We were in effect, thrown into the lion’s den.  Our confidence is in our God.  We know that whether He vindicates us in this life or the life to come He is our shield and protector.  He is our righteousness and our life is hid in him.  Daniel 6:22 speaks of God’s faithfulness to Daniel’s faith and confidence in Him, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God”.  God can be glorified when we stand for him on issues of righteousness.  Is there a price to be paid? often there is, but Romans 8:17 says, “if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.”  Not all have experienced the miracle of deliverance that Daniel did, but God was no less faithful.  We have confidence that our faithfulness and commitment to God is rewarded with an eternal weight of glory. 

1 Peter 4:12-16 expresses this position so well in that it declares, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”  It is often not the easy way when we make a righteous stand.  Often the cost is high and painful, but when we stand in Christ we will never be disappointed, for His Spirit stands with us and His angels surround us.  He will vindicate us in due season if we are careful to not to become reliant upon the flesh and our abilities, but wait upon Him and trust Him through it all.  When God is involved outward circumstances never have the final say.  Let God have control as you make your stand in righteousness and integrity.  The battle is in the spirit and not in the flesh.   

Blessings,

#kent

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