The things people say about you matters. Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder, or impress that one special person in your life your track record is important. Keeping a good repertoire comes with a price because there is always someone right behind you willing and ready to push you out of the way. We learn this with when Jesus rose from the dead that Peter and John raced to the tomb, but John outran Peter (Jh20:4). John wanted to be the first to the tomb, so he past Peter maybe he wanted to be known as the first to the tomb and get the recognition. Once John made it to the tomb he did not have what it took to go inside like Peter did. Once you build your repertoire it acquires the necessary traits to take you where ever you need to go or achieve. John made it to the tomb, but it wasn’t until he looked inside the tomb after Peter that he believed and then went in.  Daniel’s repertoire preceded him. He was a faithful man. A slave brought from Jerusalem to live in Babylon, Daniel kept his testimony throughout his life and such took him to be considered to be second in command after the king.

Daniel 6

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.

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold”(Prv.22:1). Daniel understood this principle of a good name for which his fellow governors and princes became jealous and sought a way to destroy him with his relationship with his God, because they could not find a fault in his persona. But, when anyone tries to do harm to your relationship with God they will find themselves in hot water. The bible tells us that not even the gates of hell will over come the church (Mt16:18). That it is better for a stone to be tied around ones neck then to offend one of God’s little ones (Mt18:6). Now, Daniel; colleague governors tricked the king to signing an ordinance forbidding anyone to pray to other then himself, did not allow anyone to affect his relationship with God he went on and prayed. Daniel was thrown into the lions den and was expected to be devoured, but God sent his angel to protect him. God does not take us out of trouble but joins us in trouble and delivers us. Once Daniel was taken out of the den with harm, the king order for his enemies to be cast in to the den; and the bible says that the lions devoured them before their bodies touched the ground.

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