November 1, 2017 – Wednesday
Psalms 94:18 [NAB] When I say, “My foot is slipping,” your mercy, LORD, holds me up.
Ephesians 4:31 [NAB] All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.
Yesterday a coworker confided a story about an argument she had with her brother. As we whispered alone in a corner of the breakroom, she told me how furious she was with him. It was obvious she was looking for me to acknowledge that she was right.
Well, was she right? That’s not the point.
God called me to respond with grace and understanding, but I felt my foot slipping away because I was tempted just to say the things she wanted to hear. She was asking me to support how she shouted at her brother, but I needed to support her faith. This was a distressing task, she may never confide in me again, but my Christian task was to bring her closer to God for remedy. And just as I felt my foot slipping away, the Lord started to hold me up!
Today at work, someone may confide in you. A family problem. A situation involving a coworker. A workplace incident. That coworker may be very angry and want the comfort of your support. You, too, may feel your foot slipping away from God because it’s easier to say what someone wants to hear than to speak about what Jesus wants done. When you feel your foot slipping away, have the courage to speak on what scripture says about bitterness and anger. Be a reminder of how God might want the situation remedied. Doing so may be tough, I know, but you are in that situation to represent Him, not you.
Today at work, have the courage to speak from His perspective. Listen and be patient but, when you feel your foot slipping away, remember His words and not who was right.
Lord, keep my feet firm. Allow me to come to You for acknowledgment of my actions. Take my anger from me and release me, hold me up with Your love. Give me the courage to listen to others and show them Your way. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Joanna Knight, MPA
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA