The Christian Public Servant – “render assistance in times of trial”

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February 6, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Reflection

This past year, my country suffered the impact of several hurricanes. These terrible storms shattered both lives and property. We all listened to the weather forecasts. Some failed to adequately prepare, others took heed to the warnings. All did not recognize, nor could they fathom, the gravity of what was to come.

As the storms passed, the news was not only filled with accounts of devastated neighborhoods, homes and businesses, but more importantly there were also stories of people helping others. Complete strangers even went to the hard-hit areas to render assistance in times of trial.

Have you experienced a serious storm in your walk of life? Were you prepared? Did others come forward to lend a hand?

When I have experienced storms in my life, it seemed I could not turn left or right. No matter what I did, not a thing would go my way. In fact, I felt trapped and lost my sense of direction. I needed my brothers- and sisters-in- Christ to lift me up to remind me that in Him there is peace no matter the storm.

As Christ’s servant workers, we are commanded to render assistance in times of trial. So, today as you travel to and from your job, or maybe today as you perform your job duties, look for that person experiencing one of life’s storms. It may not be a hurricane, but it could be someone having trouble in marriage, struggling to pay a medical bill, or fighting an addiction. Our Lord wants you to bring His peace, pray for and with, and attend to all needs.

Today at work, will you bring Christ’s peace to people in the middle of tribulations? Will you bring reassurance that He has overcome the world, and in Him there is true peace?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I can’t thank You enough for Your blessings and what You continue to do for me. I ask that You show me how to bless others and render assistance to Your children experiencing times of trial. Show me how to deliver Your peace even amid the storms so that Your love and glory are known. I ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dwayne Plummer, MPA, Special Ed.
Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs (SECEP) Center (School)
Chesapeake School District
Chesapeake, Virginia USA

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