Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius (the new king) to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, stationed throughout the whole kingdom, 2 and over them three presidents, including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3 Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. 4 So the presidents and the satraps tried to find grounds for complaint against Daniel in connection with the kingdom. But they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him. 5 The men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
Daniel clearly has the favor of the Lord, yet he’s repeatedly getting in trouble. Seems like a disconnect for me. But I’ve seen this before, especially in the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. It was said of Joseph “the Lord was with him”, yet he was sold into slavery and ended up in prison in Egypt. Eventually Joseph was placed second in command of the entire nation of Egypt. Didn’t see that coming. Here is a parallel as Daniel goes from being thrown in fire, and then into a lion’s den, only to be raised up to a place of great authority.
It reminds me that having the favor of the Lord doesn’t mean we will stay out of trouble or that people will respond well to us. In fact, sometimes it’s quite the opposite.