“At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.”
-King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem during the third year of king Jehoiakim and took away the temple treasures along with some young men from the royal family of Israel and those without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand and qualified to serve in his palace. Among them was Daniel who was set apart in conduct and rulership for he had an excellent spirit. He was among the three governors under king Darius who was the ruler then. Daniel was intelligent and had outstanding wisdom which made the king to admire his qualities and contemplated making him ruler over the entire empire, but the administrators and satraps sort to destroy him. When they could not find any fault in him, and made a decree that only king Darius should be worshiped; but Daniel defiled that law and prayed to God three times a day. He was then cast into the den of lions but the Lord delivered him. Joseph like Daniel was excellent in leadership and the Lord exulted him to become governor over the whole nation of Egypt under king Pharaoh. Corrupt leaders deprives the people hope of the future. Their corrupt ways result is poor infrastructure, lack of social amenities, high unemployment rates, low productivity, massive debt levels, high inflation levels, high taxes, slow economic growth and many other adverse effects. The Lord says; where there is no vision, the people perish (Pro 29:18). Leaders should then have a clear vision for their respective areas of governance which is not geared towards benefiting a few influential individuals but majority of the citizens. Unfortunately, due to corruption many politicians both young and old have joined the political arena to plunder the nation of their resources like king Nebuchadnezzar and rob the citizens off their birth right. Let us pray persistently for our nation so that the Lord may grant us leaders who have an excellent spirit which only comes from Him.
Only You are worthy Lord, all creation bows down before You. All glory, honor, power and authority belongs to You Father. Grant us leaders who have not given themselves to corruption like Daniel but have an excellent spirit. Leaders who have a vision to take our country forward from a corporate perspective and not a personal perspective and those who can only do Your holy will. You are the King of kings Father and Lord of lords and all authority belongs to You. Only You Lord know what is best for our country. Only You Lord know who will be our next president; all honor belongs to You. Only You have authority and power, and our wisdom is foolishness to You, hear our cry Dear Jesus. Give us intelligent and outstanding wisdom Lord and shepherd us in Your purposes for us. Train our hearts to be still and to wait on You Lord despite the high political temperatures in our nation. Save us from corrupt leaders and prosper our nation with all good things for the glory of Your name. Thank You Lord for the good plans You have for our nation, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Thank You for loving our nation nation Jesus, all glory and power belongs to You, now and forever. Amen
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