It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. ~Daniel 6:1-5
When going against an opponent the key to victory is finding and exploiting their weakness. This holds true in a wide array of situations from sporting events to presidential debates. It also has merit in the spiritual realm. Even though we do not wrestle “against flesh and blood,” we still have a cunning foe striving to find a weakness to exploit!
In the subject text, Daniel is noted as having an “excellent spirit” and is the choice leader under the king. However, he had foes looking to destroy him. They could not find anything wrong with his leadership, management, social standing, political standing, financial status, or even moral character! What they did find though was a way to exploit what they thought was a weakness; the weakness of worshipping the true and living God! From their view, they had him nailed because they would set a trap regarding his worship and wait for him to get snagged. You probably know the rest of the events that transpired. In the end, because of his worship of the true and living God, the deceiving of the king was made known and the consequences swiftly administered.
We struggle against the same foe; maybe a different face and different clothes but the same foe! What is your weakness? Is it that you steadfastly worship the true and living God as Daniel? Or is there something else that the great Adversary may exploit and accuse in the heavenly realms? This passage is an excerpt of the life of a Godly man given to us for an example. I challenge you to read through the book of Daniel and highlight the characteristics God developed in him and ask Him to develop them in you!