There have been many times in my life when I have been negligent. But every time I read this scripture, it inspires me and challenges me to strive for excellence. This scripture was said about a man named Daniel who trusted and honored God above all others. The way he conducted himself in both his personal life and his business affairs attracted the attention of King Darius the Mede, and Daniel earned a place of respect in King Darius’ kingdom.
Daniel worked diligently and responsibly and was not corrupt or negligent in any of his dealings.
Unfortunately, Daniel made enemies at work for doing a good job as his coworkers became jealous of the attention that he was getting and looked for ways to hold him back and tear him down. However, because he conducted his life with so much integrity, his enemies could not find legitimate charges against him, even though they tried.
To not be negligent means to be mindful, heedful, meticulous, responsible, thoughtful, observant, watchful and forethoughtful. Maybe seeing all of these words at once is too much to take in. Simply put, to be trustworthy and have no negligence in you means you are living life consciously, intentionally and making it your goal to follow Him.
By His grace, let’s strive to have that beautiful quality of integrity – doing the right thing when no one but God is looking.
Daniel was a man who sought the King, the God of all Creation. His dedication to Him, groomed him to be a man that caught the attention of earthly kings.
FATHER, Thank you for giving us Your standard for skillful living. Thank you that it begins with loving You with all of our heart. Thank you for your grace when we miss the mark. Thank you for letting us know that Your mercies are new every morning. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33