Not many people I know have thoroughly read the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament.
A bunch of people I know are at least vaguely familiar with the story of “Daniel and Lion’s Den” found there. Here’s a very quick synopsis:
- Daniel has been granted a great deal of responsibility by his boss.
- Some of his co-workers aren’t very happy about that.
- His co-workers decide to do something about it and set him up with some inner office intrigue about a company policy Daniel has violated.
- His boss doesn’t want to look bad, so he throws Daniel in a lion’s den, literally.
- God miraculously saves Daniel – a man of true integrity and faith.
- Daniel’s co-workers….well, you can imagine what ends up happening to them.
O.K. – it’s not nearly poetic or dramatic as the Scripture – so I encourage you to read the full story yourself, found in Daniel, chapter 6.
Here’s the thing, though.
Integrity does not guarantee that you will never have serious trouble in this life. On the contrary, it may cause you to have great difficulty. But – living a life of faithful integrity – in the end – is always the way to go. God, who sees the heart, will know and ultimately, you will be blessed – as will all those you touch – with your life of faithful integrity.
It isn’t easy. That’s the point. It is difficult and dangerous.
Still, in a world where so many sell out, so easily, it is the higher calling.
I am saddened to think about how so many find it so easy to cut corners – professionally, personally, spiritually. I am encouraged, though, when Scripture reminds me that the holy and loving God whom I follow watches – always watches – and ultimately will reward my making the right choices. I don’t always do it. That’s when confession and grace come to my rescue.
Nevertheless, I try, and as I try I find that – even in the Lion’s Den – I am loved and protected.
I invite you to live a life of faithful integrity – every – single – day.