The Christian Public Servant – “work in a snake pit”

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December 14, 2017 – Thursday

Reading

Genesis 50:20(a) [ESV] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good

Isaiah 54:17 [ESV] no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD
and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.

Matthew 5:44(b) [ESV] Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Reflection

I know people who work in a snake pit. They can’t trust anyone. They cannot depend on anyone. They are evaluated on pretense. The workday is just miserable, and getting up to go to work is even worse. Maybe it’s the economy, or many it’s just the age in which we live, but it seems more and more people are in dysfunctional workplaces.

If you work in a snake pit, what should you do?

Scripture does not give an easy answer. The Word requires you to find good out of the evil that is thrust at you. Look closely today and see what kind of good you may be missing. Scripture also challenges you to stand up and hold your own ground. God doesn’t expect Christians to be powder-puffs in the workplace. Consider the employee handbook for guidance. Scripture also requires you to love your enemies and pray for – not against – whoever persecutes you. That’s right, you must love and pray for those who attack you.

If you work in a snake pit, your task is much more difficult than you thought. You just can’t hate. You just can’t retaliate. You just can’t hope for the worse for those who hurt you.

Today at work: find good, stand your ground, but love and pray for the workplace bully. It won’t be easy, but it’s what God commands of you.

And throughout the workday, know He is vindicating you with the Father!

Prayer

Lord, help the victim of workplace harassment see Your good, do Your will, and remain obedient to Your word. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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