Friday, March 22, 2013

Trustworthy Citizens

Daniel 6:26 KJV
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

Darius knew of whence he spoke when he said that God's kingdom would never be destroyed. Darius had personally defeated the previous kingdom of Babylon and, as the preceding events had unfolded, witnessed the seeds of weakness and destruction in his own kingdom. He ruled the greatest empire of his day but could not prevent petty jealousy among his own cabinet or the execution[1] of his most valuable staff member. As powerful as he was, he recognized his own sense of powerless.

Enter now, the God of Daniel, who was able to override the plans of manipulative men and save the life of His righteous follower.

No kingdom or government of men is worthy the loyalties of men. Our loyalties must always be toward God. Only then will we make trustworthy citizens of any nation.

[1] Though through God this execution was unsuccessful.

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