|SCRIPTURE: “And Nebuchadnezzar said to them, is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?|
Now when you hear the sound of the horn flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (Daniel 3:14-15 NIV)
Power and control are high values for Nebuchadnezzar. This is illustrated by incorporating Jerusalem into his kingdom, demanding his magicians and counselors tell him his dream, not just the interpretation of it, and now demanding people worship the image he made as a test of loyalty to him and his gods.
Bosses who pivot on power and control are just plain difficult people with whom to work. The way to manage yourself in this, if you choose to stay, is to be direct and non-negotiable when needed.
When these people are disobeyed or confronted, they become furious. Just like Nebuchadnezzar, who became so furious that he demanded the fire be made seven times hotter and sacrificed his best warriors to get the men who threw our three friends into the fire. These people use anger as a method of controlling others. Reacting in anger to their anger is not the way to respond. (Proverbs 15.1) says that a soft answer turns away wrath. As Christ-followers, we need to have gentleness and wisdom on our lips, understanding that man’s anger does not produce the righteous life which God desires.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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