Excellent Emissaries

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Daniel 6:1-28; Proverbs 24:1-2

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Daniel 6:18-19 (NKJV)
18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.

The first thing I asked when I read this was – did Darius believe in Daniel’s God? I concluded that he didn’t, or he would not have allowed the royal edict in the first place. The next question is – then why did he seek to help Daniel? I believe it was because he treasured and respected his servant. While he wasn’t very interested in Daniel’s spiritual life, the latter’s physical well-being mattered to the king. So much so that he tried all means and ways (v14), fasted (to his gods?] and lost sleep, for the sake of his servant. Even if king Darius did not believe in God at first, he believed at last.

This is a good time to ask how our non-Christian bosses at work will respond when we are in trouble. Will they be happy, or sad? How far will they go to save us? Crucially, will they “pray” for us, asking that our God deliver us (v16)? Well, I think it depends on at least 2 things. Firstly, if we are considered a valuable employee. Secondly, if we have made known to our colleagues that we worship Jesus Christ (despite likely persecutions). May Daniel’s life be an inspiration for us to be both excellent employees and emissaries for Christ!

Lord, grant me wisdom to live as Your light, and courage to be Your words to my family and friends.

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