Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.” Daniel 6:14-15
Have you ever gotten yourself backed into a corner? It seems that king Darius had. We have Daniel a trusted adviser and someone with extraordinary gifts who refuses to pray to or pay homage to anyone of thing other than God. Darius does not want to send Daniel to his death but now finds that he has been boxed in by the very wise men who are supposed to serve him.
Darius has been caught by the Mede and Persian culture believing that the king can do no wrong. If the king is infallible then any decree he makes cannot be changed. To do so would be admitting he made a mistake. So here we have a king that has been tricked into throwing a person he admires to lions and he feels like he has no choice.
We all manage to get ourselves into situations that we can see no way out. We are in so deep and many times we are too prideful to admit we were wrong in the first place. We go along telling ourselves we had no choice. Sometimes the corner we are in is not too bad but other times we find ourselves in serious trouble.
I have a friend from high school that I have not heard from in over 20 years who found himself in such a corner. He had dropped out of school to join the military and developed a taste for weed. He returned and got his GED went to college and eventually became a high school teacher. We reconnected in our mid-thirties and got reacquainted. My friend however had not lost his taste for marijuana and continued to use it recreationally. The he started dealing, only to friends at first but he found that he was being dragged deeper and deeper into dealing. Eventually he was arrested and sentenced to prison.
We can argue the pros and cons of legalization but my friend lost everything he had worked so hard to obtain. He lost his family. He lost his job and he lost many friends. He lost all this because he had backed into a corner and refused to admit that he had made a mistake.
Most of us will never face the consequences my friend did. Most of the corners we find ourselves in will not exact such a harsh toll. But we all will find ourselves backed into corners. One bad decision does not have to lead to another bad decision. All most of us need to do is admit our mistakes and call on God to forgive and show us a way out. That way may not be easy and it still may come at a cost but once we place our fate into God’s hands the outcome is never in doubt.
Have a blessed day,
Sorry for the delay between postings, I have been trying to get over a bad bought of bronchitis.
Thanks for reading,