there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. ESV Daniel 2:28
In our secular world today, living boldly as a Christian in our workplaces seems nearly impossible. Our culture strongly discourages religious activity at work, and many of us feel we have no choice but to quietly do our work and not talk about God. Interestingly enough, many of the Biblical heroes lived in similar situations and were able to use the gifts God gave them to bear testimony even in very dark areas. We can take encouragement from them as we follow Jesus in our workplaces.
Joseph and Daniel were both captives–slaves of the lowest sort. Perhaps similar to working a minimum wage job in our culture. Both were called to interpret dreams to the king of the land–or the CEO in our workplace culture. Both used that opportunity to give credit to God, explaining their ability to interpret dreams came not from themselves but from Him. God protected them both, rewarding their faithfulness by significantly promoting them within the kingdoms they served. In both cases, the leaders they witnessed to, while impressed, apparently didn’t choose to follow the Lord. However, Joseph and Daniel had done as they were told. Nehemiah as well found himself in a place of power, and witnessed to the king through it. Esther interceded for her people to the king. David used his skill in worship to bless King Saul as he wrestled with an evil spirit. Nathan fearlessly used his position as priest to confront David’s sin. Throughout the Scriptures, we see men and women faithfully working, and faithfully testifying. We also see God boldly protecting His people as they testify. Joseph, Nehemiah, Nathan could all have been killed. Leaders tried to kill David, Daniel, and Daniel’s three friends.
Daniels’ friends had the best attitude when facing discipline for living their faith in the workplace. They told the king their God was able to deliver them, but they weren’t sure if He would or not. They knew however, they wouldn’t deny Him. If they perished, they perished. (And Esther famously penned this phrase as she went to the king). May you be a light in the darkness of your workplace today. Testify to the most high God and His Son Jesus, and allow Him to protect you!