March 27, 2017 – Monday
Genesis 50:19-21 [NIV] But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
I’m sure you’ve witnessed it. You may have even been a part of it. It’s not unusual for one to see grudges held even over the littlest slight. As a Christian public servant, you know forgiveness is necessary – but at times even more is required.
Each year much of the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. You know, the day many wear green, and too many go out and drink green concoctions. It is a shame so few know the powerful truth about St. Patrick. Do you?
Patrick was an English farm boy who was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland. Once free, he prepared to return and share Christ with his very captors. Thankfully he was successful because Ireland became the repository of many manuscripts from antiquity we have today as a devotion to God.
Like Patrick, Joseph knew that, although the intent was to harm him, God used that opportunity to show more than forgiveness – he provided for them and their children.
You don’t have to remember St. Patrick just on the day we honor him. What he did is as important as what Joseph did. And what both did, should be what you and I do today.
As this workweek begins, forgive those who are harming you. But know even more is required. Take care of that coworker in some special way. After all, as a Christian public servant, you are in the place of God – just like Joseph. Right?
Forgive, but know even more is required because you are in the place of God!
Dear Lord, how can I hold a grudge when I know what price You paid so that I may be forgiven? Help me look for opportunities to forgive and even more. When I put that into practice, I may find that I give others the benefit of the doubt. I may find that I am offended far less often. Like St. Patrick, I will truly chase snakes out of my workplace! In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Training Manager, Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA