Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Getting Defensive

Don't defend yourself! No, seriously. Never do it.

An interesting thing occurred when Daniel was  falsely accused of disrespecting the Persian king. Daniel didn't say anything (i.e. nothing worth recording).

The king had made a decree that all should pay homage to him by praying to no one else for an entire month. Daniel, faithful to the only one worth receiving prayer, ignored the command showing respect where it is truly due. However, nothing indicates that he shirked his duties, and he was known for being absolutely trustworthy.

Those jealous of Daniel's position reported him saying, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day." (Daniel 6:13) Every element of the statement is true except for the part in the middle. Daniel made no personal slight against the king, so he stood falsely accused.

Then Daniel said...

Nothing. Nothing that is until after God delivered him from the lions den. Daniel endured a punishment he didn't deserve.

WHY?

Daniel might have realized one of these things:
  1. God could use the unfairness of the king to win Daniel's people a favor.
  2. God could deliver him from the unfair punishment.
  3. He should endure whatever consequences come from worshiping God.
Are there benefits of enduring a punishment you don't deserve?

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