January 26, 2018 – Friday
Daniel 6:14 [MSG] At this, the king was very upset and tried his best to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in. He worked at it the whole day long.
One day last week, I asked a correctional officer to do a favor for a brother. It wasn’t a major request, just something routine the brother needed before the usual time. The officer was busy, and told me just to tell the brother there were none left of the item for that day. In other words, the officer wanted me to lie to the brother. I told the officer I couldn’t lie.
Well, the officer took a deep breath, thought a bit, and then admitted lying would be wrong. So that he would not put me into that fix, and so the officer himself would not have to lie, he found the time to determine if he could comply with this one-time special request. And despite the outcome, all three of us – the brother, the officer, and me, were blessed with the truth.
Scripture reminds us that, even (or especially) in the workplace, godly wisdom is needed to help us not to rush into something we would later regret. Just as the king worked the whole day long to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in, we must also work not to place coworkers into a fix in the first place.
Today at work, you may or may not be able to make a difference in someone’s day. Regardless of the outcome, and regardless of time and energy, you will still be in a position where godly wisdom is needed. Don’t put anyone into a fix. Don’t put yourself into a fix. Tell the truth and do what you can.
Today, know godly wisdom is needed in making all judgments. Staying out of a fix is really very simple to do!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for loaning me godly wisdom so I can make the best decision and not place anyone into a fix. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA