Yes, Boss!, Part 1 -- By Suresh Manoharan

Who has not come across this old saying …

Rule 1.Your boss is always right. Rule 2. If you think the boss is wrong refer to rule 1.


Take heart.  There is a Big Boss over ALL the bosses!.


Of several Hebrew names for God, the word ADONAI (Isaiah 6:1), used to describe the Almighty on His Sovereign throne, has through the ages brought comfort to the confused, solace to the distraught and reassurance to many with creased foreheads. The sombre setting -- King Uzziah, who by and large was a good King offering security and prosperity, had died- to the vision of Prophet Isaiah -- is good enough reason for the Almighty to remind the worried Prophet (about the future of the Judean Kingdom) that good Kings may come and go but the King of Kings shall ALWAYS reign from His throne providing for His needy ones' at all times.


Not only does the King of Kings rule over all, He also influences the authorities, He has placed over His loved ones to look upon the latter favourably.  In this series of four parts, I want to present to the readership four distinct instances' in the Scripture (there may be more) when this trait of the Adonai God comes to the forefront. Let's focus upon them in chronological order under the following sub-headings . . .

1. Prison
2. Palate
3. Palace
4. Passenger

By the way, have you ever thanked God for the bosses He in His sovereign wisdom has placed over you in your place of employment?



A young, devout Hebrew slave falsely accused of having tried to rape his master's licentious wife is being cruelly pushed into the Egyptian prison, and lo and behold, iron fetters and an iron collar are immediately and firmly clasped around his feet and neck respectively. Boy, the young boy could hardly move, let alone breathe! The Jailer would have this young "pervert" have it (Genesis 39:20/Psalm 105:18)!


Fast forward by just a few verses . . .


Now the same Jailer treats the same young convict as a venerated saint. From an iron collar retribution to cotton wool preservation!!! Can you believe it?


It gets more curious . . .


The same youth is given charge of all the Jail responsibilities. Straight from Ripley's Book of believe it or not? NAY! Welcome to the righteous Joseph's story. The young man who had remained true to God fleeing the fleeting pleasures of lust (Genesis 39). Welcome once again to the Biblical rags to riches story in the Bible which underscores God's faithfulness in the lives of His faithful ones.


What exactly resulted in a U-turn in the Prison warden's disposition?  Let the Scripture take over . . .


"But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden." (Genesis 39:21)


That Joseph goes on to become Prime Minister of Egypt is yet another story, but suffice is to say the Lord can move the heart of our bosses and make them look upon us favourably. Hey, He pulls the strings!!!


For more on Joseph's life, you may access my PPT on the Book of Genesis by clicking on the following link . . .  (slide #s . . . 100-117 to be more precise).


Prayer: Father, we are so much comforted to know that you are in ultimate charge. Cast all the Boss-Subordinate issues' of our offices' into your hands. In and through everything, enable us to bring Thee glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.


Join us next Thursday for YES BOSS!!! Part 2: Palate. 


Suresh Manoharan

(To access the entire "Yes, Boss!" mini-series, please click here.)