Don't Let Envy Decide Your End
Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked." Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. — Daniel 6:6-9
So these Persian officials are pretty crafty. They know they have limited power, but they are cunning enough to understand how to use the law to their advantage. So they concoct a plan to create an irrevocable law that competes with Daniel's religious beliefs yet plays to the king's ego at the same time. And it's all born out of sheer envy. And the drama of this plan is pretty complex. A lot of things have to happen for their plan to work. First, they must find many like-minded officials who don't like Daniel and form an alliance. Second, they must figure out how to use the legal system to entrap Daniel. Third, they have to persuade the king to write it into law.
But for me, the ironic part of their plan is the punishment they decide — being cast into a den of lions, which by the way, (spoiler alert) is a punishment that they are determining for themselves. Laughable!
So here's the lesson. Don't let your envy decide your end. Envy led to alliances, planning, laws, and injunctions. And the problem with man's envy is that as it evolves, it will become so selfish and arrogant that we might miss that our subsequent actions are becoming an effort against God. This is what the Persian officials failed to see. Their envy was not a legal move against Daniel. It was a legal injunction established against God. And thus, God intervened.
Fellas, maybe today is a day to confess your envy. Acknowledge the jealousy you have labored over and replayed in your mind too many times. Don't let the enemy gain a foothold that results in behaviors and actions that pit you against God. Confess it before it's too late.
ASK THIS: What envy do you need to confess?
DO THIS: Confess it in the comments below.
PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for my envious spirit.
PLAY THIS: Jealous Jealousy.
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