What To Do When People Conspire Against You
Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, "O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked." Then they answered and said before the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day." — Daniel 6:12-13
So here's what these politicians and officials have done. They've established a devious method to entrap Daniel. So they convince king Darius to sign into law an irrevocable mandate that plays to his ego. Then after it's signed, they police only one man — Daniel. After they catch him in the act, they then appeal to the law ignoring all the malicious intent behind their actions. And finally, drop the hammer on king Darius that Daniel is the offender.
But this isn't an episode of Survivor where someone is just voted off the island. This is a full-blown conspiracy against a single man planned with the intent to kill him. This is insidious.
Yet this happens all the time. It's happening right now in our country, whether we know it or not. And I know it's happening not because I am a conspiracy theorist but because I know men are sinful and will contrive devious plans against other people out of envy. Remember, Daniel's occurrence is not the only time this happens in the bible. It happened to Paul in every town where he preached the gospel. And it happened to Jesus when men from his own race and religion conspired to kill him.
Gentlemen, every godly man is going to meet with opposition. But at some point, the opposition will come in the form of a vicious conspiracy. This is a very unsettling moment for a man, especially when he knows he has acted godly. In my lifetime, I have witnessed conspiracies against men at play in businesses, marriages, governments, families, and even churches. But know this, godly men, they don't quit. They remain resolute. And they keep making their petition like Daniel — "three times a day," and he's not about to quit.
If you are living through a conspiracy right now, do me a favor, don't quit. Be faithful. God might be perched to do something miraculous through you.
ASK THIS: What conspiracy are you living through, and how do you need to be faithful today?
DO THIS: Be faithful again today.
PRAY THIS: God, you are my Lord. May my desires and actions represent you.
PLAY THIS: Soul Survivor.
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