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November 22

Daniel 5:17-31; 1 Peter 1:22-25

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

[Dan. 6:4] One thing is for sure: When you find yourself the number one man in any position—whether it be in church, in politics, in school, or even in the home—you are the one who will be watched by those who have a jealous spirit. If there is a flaw in your life, if you have an Achilles' heel, they are going to discover that weak spot and may use it against you.

Now Daniel had a remarkable life behind him. These men could not find anything in this man's character or in his past life which they could seize upon and make something of. There has been many a politician who wished he had lived and acted a little differently —actually, that could be said of mankind generally.

Today a child of God ought to live so that the charges which inevitably will be leveled against him will be a lie. You cannot keep people from talking about you, but you can live so as to make them liars when they do talk about you. The apostle Paul enjoins all believers, "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:15). This was Paul's personal testimony—"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men" (Acts 24:16). In other words, Paul could lie down at night and go to sleep, and he did not have a bad conscience troubling him. That ought to be true of every believer. Someone has said that a conscience is something that only a good man can enjoy.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, ©1981 by J. Vernon McGee.

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