When Jealousy Tries to Destroy You
Scripture: Daniel 6
Daniel was walking in his God-given gift and God allowed him to operate in such excellence that the king noticed. (Proverbs 18:16) Daniel’s elevation caused others to be jealous of him and attack him without cause. They banded together and went to the king to make a law that would excite the king’s flesh. They went to a worldly king with a worldly idea to pass a worldly law in order to kill a godly man. What I love the most is that their collaboration didn’t move Daniel. He still held on to his integrity and who he was in God. He didn’t allow their tactics to distract him from his purpose. He was caught doing what he had always done and that was praying to God. These jealous individuals couldn’t wait to tell the king that the man who he chose over them broke the law by praying to God and not the king. The king had no choice but to have Daniel arrested and thrown into the lion’s den. What’s interesting is the king told Daniel, “May the God whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.” Even the king knew that God was with Daniel. The next day when the king went to see if God had indeed kept Daniel, he was overjoyed to find out that Daniel was still alive. The men whose jealousy tried to destroy Daniel, were thrown into the lion’s den along with their wives and children. The king made a new decree that the people should serve Daniel’s God. (Daniel 6:27-28). Daniel prospered during the reign of King Darius.
We often get knocked off track when we are attacked by jealous people. We have a tendency to keep highlighting it and discussing it with other people as if that is going to change anything. The enemy knows when God is covering you but you have to remember that and not act out of emotions. Here are a few lessons we can learn from Daniel in this story:
- Hold your peace: You don’t have to argue when people wrongfully accuse you. The truth always comes out at just the right time.
- Hold on to your integrity: Don’t allow character attacks to make you act out of character. Remain who God has called you to be.
- Hold on to your purpose: Don’t get distracted by the attacks and stop doing what God has called you to do. Be found faithful in your calling regardless of what is going on around on or to you.
- Hold on to God: God will protect you and keep you through it all. Continue to trust in Him and let Him fight your battles.
Father, I need Your help to be able to hold me peace when I am wrongfully accused. I need Your help to be able to hold on to my integrity when I am wrongfully accused. I need Your help to be able to hold on to my purpose when I am wrongfully accused. I need Your help to be able to hold on to You when I am wrongfully accused. My first reaction is to defend myself but I now see that is not my job. It is Yours. Help me to not get distracted when jealous people try to destroy me because of the calling on my life given by You. I am here to please and honor You with my life. Help me to still be found faithful walking in my gift through it all. I thank You for the gifts. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!
By: Elder Chantea M. Williams
Chantea M. Williams is a chef, author, speaker and mentor, who loves encouraging teen mothers and women to become greater through the word of God. Through her gifts God created the Greater Working Women Ministries. They strive to encourage, empower and equip women from all walks of life to live out their God-given purpose with holy boldness. Philippians 1:6 is the vision verse for everything they do. She was recently ordained as an Elder at Greater Mt. Zion Church in Columbus, MS. Check out her newly released book series for teen moms called I Am Still Somebody™. She has also written The Greater Working Woman Devotional, Volume I & The Greater Working Woman Prayer Book, Volume I. Greater Working Women Ministries will be launching their teen mom mentoring program this Spring. This program will teach teen mothers life skills, parenting skills, how to make and complete their goals, find their passion and many more things they need to be greater women and greater mothers. Most importantly this program will help teen mothers to heal emotionally and affirming that they are Still Somebody. For more information on this program and other products or services please email email@example.com.