Monday, September 21, 2009

Quiet time files 091509

Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
Daniel 6:4

Like his three friends, Daniel had been spirited away to Babylon as a young teenager, when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah. Like his three friends, he committed himself to staying true to his God.

You really have to hand it to him - picked out for special attention and training by his captors, he managed to excel without compromising his beliefs. In fact, he did so well - advancing to become one of the three presidents appointed by the king - that the king planned to set Daniel in charge of the entire kingdom. His native-born coworkers were less than thrilled.

The disgruntled staff convinced the king to issue an injunction (irrevocable under the law of the Medes and Persians - a fact that causes many problems not only here, but for Esther and the Hebrew exiles in an account we'll look at later) that for thirty days, only the king may be worshipped - no other gods.

That didn't stop Daniel - read the rest here.

While it may seem like it sometimes, I doubt our own coworkers are conspiring to have us thrown into a fiery furnace. In our workplaces, at least for the present, we don't generally face the obstacles to our faith that Daniel and friends did.

But in spite of the easier going, would we really say we are as faithful? When job conditions are less than what we view as optimal, do our bosses say of us, as was said of Daniel, that we have "an excellent spirit" and "no ground for complaint or any fault" can be found in us?

Something to think about.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:24 - 25

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