Thursday: 28th November, 2019
Reference text: Daniel 6:12-28
Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
By chance, I came across an info graphics which contained a rather interesting, yet sad story. It told the story of a state executioner in the US. He reports having to keep his job description a secret from everyone, including his wife and children because he couldn’t bare to share that burden with anyone else as that would be too cruel. What was striking were his concluding remarks ‘If I could go back in time, I would never have accepted the job in the first place’.
Often we come to a point where we make comments to the effect that ‘if we had known what the future would look like following particular choices’, we we would never have made them in the first place. Darius was in such shoes today when he signed off a decree which had the backing of the whole royal household except the one man for whom it was meant to entrap- Daniel. After realising that his decree would come back to hurt Daniel, Darius strived all day to find a work around and save Daniel but found none.
In spite of Daniel’s close encounter with death in the lion’s den as a consequent of this choice of Darius, He lived to tell his story. Yet, Darius’ words before the den was sealed spoke volumes ‘your God whom you continually serve, will save you’. He was saying ‘I made a choice for which you may have to suffer but I trust your God will deliver you’.
While Darius regretted his choice to sign off the decree, I am certain he was pleased to have chosen Daniel as one of the presidents. He made a wrong choice this time, but he had made a better choice before. Beloved, just like an arrow shot doesn’t always hit the bullseye and even at times misses the target completely, we may sometimes also makes choices we regret. But that is not what we always do because we have also made some brilliant ones. So instead of just beating yourself over that wrong choice, celebrate the ones you got right.