Hey, thanks for all your comments people. Keep them coming! I feel some real empathy for the king’s employees in today’s reading (Daniel2:13-16). Talk about an impossible work assignment! They were ordered to do something no one else in their field had ever done and threatened with loss of everything including their lives if they couldn’t deliver! An impossible task with impossible deadlines set by an unreasonable and suspicious boss. This was clearly beyond their competence… Their response? Panic!
Daniel’s different though. Though he may have felt the emotion of fear, his response is to ask for audience with the angry king. He politely but firmly requested for time to solve the problem. Psalm 27:1 says ‘the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?’ When we fear earthly bosses or authorities, we elevate them to godlike status; we lose our own sense of worth, we forget who our true boss is.
Lord, help me to trust you and not fear men. Help me to honor those in authority and yet to always, like the apostles ‘ obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). Help me be calm, regardless of whatever crisis comes my way, because even when I don’t know the answer, I know who holds the answers. As Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”