Closing the Integrity Gaps
“The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.” (Daniel 6:4 CSB)
With Belshazzar no longer on the scene, King Darius was now in power and began setting up his government. He appointed 120 satraps to manage his kingdom, and three administrators to oversee them and to protect his interests. Daniel was one of the three, and “distinguished himself” (v.2) above the others because of the Spirit’s favor upon him. Seeing the difference in Daniel, King Darius planned to put him in charge of everyone, including the other two administrators.
The other two men did not like this prospect, and “kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom” (v.4). They wanted to find something in Daniel that they could use to discredit him and to disrupt the promotion he was going to receive. However, “they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy and no negligence or corruption was found in him” (v.4).
One of the things that distinguished Daniel from everyone else was his integrity. As these two men scoured Daniel’s life looking for an inconsistency that they could expose and exploit, they couldn’t find anything. Does that mean that Daniel was perfect? Absolutely not! Only Jesus can rightfully be accused of perfection. But it does mean that Daniel sought to be consistent in all that he did. He was pursuing a life of uncompromised integrity.
If people got together today and started to examine your life, like what happened to Daniel, what would they find? Would they find consistencies or contradictions? Would they find someone with a reputation for keeping promises, for following through on commitments, for practicing what you preach? Would they find someone who can admit when they’ve gone wrong, and is quick to make things right? Or would they find someone who refuses to acknowledge or act on the gaps that exist between your belief and behavior?
Thankfully God’s grace is always greater than all the ways we fall short in pursuing a life of integrity. And His grace is also sufficient in helping us, through the Holy Spirit, to close the integrity gaps. Like Daniel, may it be true of us today that we are pursuing a life of integrity. May God is glorified as each of us distinguishes ourselves by being found blameless and above reproach in all that we say and do.
* Originally posted at www.kingdomdrivendaily.com. Used with permission.