“6 [w]It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 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. 4 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. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” Daniel 6:1-5 NIV
At the ending of Daniel 5, we saw a great military upset with the fall of Babylon and the rise of the Medo-Persian Empire.
We should remember that Daniel was no longer a young man at this time. He was likely in his eighties when Darius enters the picture. Darius was able to recognize an excellent spirit, or exceptional qualities in Daniel, so much that he placed Daniel in a great position of authority.
When he took power, Darius (who some scholars suggest is another name for Cyrus, while others suggest that Darius was appointed by Cyrus), sets his leadership in place. He set one hundred and twenty satraps or governors throughout the kingdom. He placed three administrators over those one hundred twenty. Daniel was placed as one of those three highly influential administrators.
We’ve seen over the last devotion in Daniel that since he was filled with the Spirit of God, Daniel distinguished himself in several areas.
1 – Daniel had a bold resolve and didn’t compromise his faith in God.
2 – Daniel was a man of earnest prayer.
3 – Daniel praised God BEFORE the blessings.
4 – Daniel interpreted dreams.
5 – Daniel understood visions.
Even in his old age, Daniel lived his life with his heart fully committed to God. Daniel distinguished himself from among others because he walked with consistent integrity and faith. As a result, false accusers arise and begin to plot against Daniel.
2 Chronicles reminds us that God is still looking for men and women whom He can strengthen whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us:
“9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
Can God show Himself strong in your life? Is your heart fully committed to Him? Have you fully given yourself to Jesus?
Holy Spirit strengthen me as I commit my heart fully to You. Empower me with understanding to know the right things to do, then give me courage to step into the right things to do… even if I am fearful or unsure of myself. Lord I believe. Help me believe more. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.