The whole world (including Israel) was under Persian control, and their king, Darius, had chosen three leaders to lead. Daniel was the most effective, as he “was faithful, always responsible and completely trustworthy.” (v. 4). The other leaders were envious but struggled to find fault with him. They decided to try to bring Daniel down to their level, instead of rising to his level.
Questions for further thought:
1. Who is a peer you envy because of their abilities?
2. Do you aspire to reach that person’s level, or do you try to bring them down to your level?
Challenge: Work on character traits that will help you reach the level of your peer. If you are not sure, ask your spouse, a friend, or your boss for an honest assessment.
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