The Christian Public Servant – “hold onto peace”

March 31, 2017 – Friday

Reading
Exodus 14:13-14 [KJV] And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Reflection
Each day from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., I work as a runner on my hall. I get things for brothers locked in their cells: hot water, ice, maybe heat something up in the microwave, or just be someone they can talk to at that time of day. (Most are awake since breakfast comes before 3 a.m.) I am around over 50 different mindsets – correctional officers and brothers. Some are saved and some are not. It is not uncommon to run into “battles.” A brother wants to take out his anxieties and aggression on you. Shouting. Sometimes throwing. Not being thankful of your efforts.

It is tempting to jump in and try to battle back and defend yourself against a brother at 3 a.m. Or, it is easy to just walk away and be of no service to that brother. But every time I try to fight my own battle, or show the brother I cannot be pushed around, I lose my own peace.

So I try to hold onto peace. It is all I have in life. If something arises at my “workplace,” I try my best to allow God to fight the battle for me. It is not easy, but I have no choice if I want to hold onto peace.

At work today, try not to fight your own battles. He is fighting for you, so you don’t need to defend yourself. If you choose to fight, I am afraid you will miss God. You will lose your peace and, like me, peace is all you have in life.

As difficult as it is, try to hold onto peace. The Lord shall fight for you.

He is fighting for you right now.

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for fighting all my battles so I not only hold onto peace, but can carry out Your will. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Death Row
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA

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