Have you ever had a boss that was so toxic, so unrealistic in his or her demands, and so arrogant that you just wished you could find a flight to any island on the planet to escape? Angry bosses cause enormous stress. Violently angry bosses are worse—they are actually dangerous. What is one to do when faced with a hostile work environment where the one in charge does not care about your observations or concerns and threatens your safety?
Daniel 2:11,12—“What the king is asking is so difficult that no one can make it known to him except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals.” Because of this, the king became violently angry and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
Only a very demented leader demands that his wise men tell him his dream (that he cannot remember) and then interpret it for him! Only a toxic king would make an impossible request backed up with the intent to kill every one of his advisors. Yet, this was the very scenario the prophet Daniel found himself facing as a senior advisor to the most powerful man in Babylon.
Unlike the rest of the diviner-priests, mediums, sorcerers, and Chaldeans who panicked at King Nebuchadnezzar’s demand, Daniel responded with “tact and discretion” to Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard and the one who would oversee their executions (vs. 14). Daniel gathered his three closest friends and the four of them prayed and asked God to reveal to them Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. God graciously heard their prayer and answered it. This allowed Daniel to gain an audience with the king and tell him his dream and its interpretation.
King Nebuchadnezzar was so blown away by Daniel that he bowed down before him to pay homage. He gave orders to present an offering and incense to Daniel and then correctly praised God as indeed God of gods, Lord of kings and the revealer of mysteries (vs. 46-48). Daniel was promoted. God was glorified. And a whole lot of counselors sighed in relief.
So, the next time you run into a violently angry leader, consider what Daniel did. First, use tact and discretion to deal with the situation. Second, gather God-fearing friends and pray. Third, wait on God for His deliverance. The same Father who can reveal another person’s dream, can rescue you. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Anger is to men what fire is to your forge. And if we eradicate that anger, much might follow.—Christian Cameron in Killer of Men
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB