|SCRIPTURE: “When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact:” (Daniel 2:14 NIV)|
In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar loses his temper, and he really loses it. He gets so angry with his wise men that he orders all of them to be killed! Fortunately, Daniel intervenes. When he hears about the decree, his response is worth noting:
Daniel’s wisdom and tact pay off, he gets the opportunity to go before the king and appease his anger. Before going, he and his friends all pray together and “plead for mercy from the God of heaven.” By the end of their conversation, Nebuchadnezzar is so happy he basically worships Daniel – a big shift from wanting to murder him and all of his friends.
Daniel’s model still applies, even when the stakes are lower. Anytime we face a difficult situation with another person, we should speak with wisdom and tact. Speaking with wisdom and tact starts with allowing God to work in our heart, active listening, compassion and understanding, and a desire to see the best possible outcome.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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