|SCRIPTURE: “Daniel replied, No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in Heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these:” (Daniel 2:27-28 NIV)|
As we might expect, Daniel and his friends recognize where their power comes from. When King Nebuchadnezzar asks Daniel if he can interpret a dream for him. Daniel gives the credit to God, here and throughout the book of Daniel. This is in stark contrast to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 and his son, Belshazzar, in Daniel 5. Despite Daniel’s warnings, Nebuchadnezzar finds himself bragging about how amazing he is. God decides that enough is enough, and so he drives the King insane. Nebuchadnezzar lives like a wild animal for 7 years until his sanity is restored to him and he finally recognizes where his power comes from.
Belshazzar wasn’t as lucky – his arrogance led to his kingdom is taken from him in Daniel 5.
Leadership is a position of power. It is vital for servant leaders to remember where that power ultimately comes from. When we begin to revel in our own glory instead of offer it properly to God, we put ourselves and our people at risk.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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