Watch Out On Top

Daniel 6: 1-5

It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss.  Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.  At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.  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.”

In this day and age with so much media, mass media, social media, etc., it’s very easy for everyone to voice their opinions.

Therefore it’s an everyday occurrence to see the person who’s on top being pulled down by those who are jealous of the top person’s success, for whatever reason.

That’s something that’s been going on since the dawn of man.

Cain slew Abel.  Why?  Cain slew Abel because Abel was on top.  Abel had God’s favor.

Pharaoh enslaved the Israelites.  Why?  Pharaoh enslaved the Israelites because the Israelites where working their way to the top.

So here we have Daniel.

Daniel’s on top.  He has the favor of the king.  He is succeeding at everything he does and is just about to be made the top dog with only the king above him.

His colleagues are jealous and they are out for blood. Why?  They are out for blood because Daniel is on top.

Was Daniel ruthless and devious on his climb to the top?  Did he purposely make enemies, use people and step on them to get to his position of prominence?

No, Daniel made his way into the good graces of the king through honest work and honest faith in God.

His jealous colleagues managed to setup Daniel and get him tossed into the lion’s den, but God protects him and Daniel’s favor with the king only increases.

His good buddies, their wives and their children are tossed into the lions’ den and torn to shreds before they even hit the ground.

So remember, whenever you’re on top someone will be out to tear you down.  That’s just how it is.

Stay true and honest and you will survive.

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