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.
Daniel 6:3–4 (NIV)

Several decades after King Nebuchadnezzar died, Daniel was still working in a position of leadership in the kingdom. He continued to distinguish himself as loyal and as one with good character, securing his job. But not everyone was a fan of this. Administrators began to attack his faith. They knew he wouldn’t turn from his God, so they created a decree prohibiting him from praying. That would seal the deal. That would cause him to break the law. And it did. He continued to pray. Despite the punishment threat of a den of lions, Daniel continued to pray. We know the rest of the story. Daniel gets tossed into the den with some hungry lions, but God caused their mouths to stay shut, and Daniel was rescued.

Have you ever had experience dealing with coworkers who try to tear you down because of your commitment to do the right thing or for being one who has good character? Thankfully, in 2017, I can assure you a den of lions won’t be your punishment, but it might not be pretty, and things might get uncomfortable. You may be ridiculed, and you could very well miss out on opportunities for promotion.

We like to think making our mark in the marketplace will be glamorous and help us to become widely recognized and successful. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It might mean standing up and doing the right thing when no one else is. It might mean remaining true to your convictions despite pressure from your leadership or oversight to overlook or turn the other direction when you see things that don’t line up. It might even mean losing your job. Will we trust God despite the pressure? Will we trust Him despite the threat of a lion’s den experience? Several thousand years later and we’re still talking about Daniel. I’d say he left his mark in the marketplace. People will notice if you stand for what you believe in. They WILL notice, and you will make an impact on those around you.

 Stand firm. God can—and will—fight battles on your behalf. 

 

Minda currently serves as a web and social media specialist for the Air Force in the District of Columbia. Blogger, Twitter-er, Facebook-er, Instagram-er, Perfecter of the art of great conversation over coffee, Minda lives and breathes all things social. In her spare time, you can find her making homemade pasta, singing, training for her next half marathon, or looking for new ways to help people love Jesus just a little bit more. Follow Minda’s daily devotional on Instagram at @MindaCorso.