“…but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.” – Daniel 6:4
Belshazzar died as a result of his sins, the kingdom was taken from him, and Darius now ruled. Darius was setting up his kingdom and establishing the leadership with one hundred and twenty men. As a result of the wisdom God gave Daniel, Darius was considering placing Daniel over the entire realm. As a result, these men tried to find something to accuse Daniel of to bring him down. They were jealous and envious.
It would appear from these verses that Daniel was perfect and never sinned. I am confident that this was not the case. The Bible tells us “there is none righteous, no not one.” We have all sinned and fallen short, even those who we have unintentionally lifted up as better than ourselves.
Daniel was only made righteous through his relationship with God. He set his heart on the Lord daily and was a man of constant prayer. It was God that made him this way because he was faithful and obedient. He was not interested in what others were doing, only in what God wanted from him. And it was God who elevated him to positions of authority. He was not striving for it. These other men, on the other hand, only cared about the position and looked at what others had and they became jealous and envious. So, they looked for an accusation they could bring against him to elevate themselves while they smeared Daniels name and reputation. But, they were frustrated because they could not find fault in his life.
As a Christ follower, we may be passed over for positions. Some of us have even been fired as a result of our faith in Christ. Also if we do not get a promotion, God will always care for us (Matt.6:33). If others are put ahead of us for some reason, it is essential for us not to fall into the trap of being critical of them. Stay faithful so no fault can be found in you.
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.” – Luke 6:22