The Christian Public Servant – “first take refuge”

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May 10, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Leviticus 19:18 [NIV] Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Psalm 7:1 [NIV] LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me

Reflection

A friend called last night, stressed about a couple of coworkers harassing him. They make fun of him and gesture with their hands as he goes to the restroom. This has been going on for a couple of weeks, and he is thinking of hurting those guys.

As scripture tells us, I reminded my friend. He must first take refuge in God. Pray our Lord places love and forgiveness in his heart. Know our Lord will deliver him for the mischief of those coworkers. Once he places trust in God, I recommended he take that confidence to his supervisor. Let her know about the situation – not in a way of seeking revenge, but in a way of seeking remedy.

Is someone bothering you at work? Making fun of you? Bullying you? Remember, scripture promises He will protect you. But you must not seek revenge or bear a grudge. You must seek remedy with love in your heart. And to do so, you must first take refuge in God.

Today at work, bad situations can change into something good. Supervisors can help remedy the unpleasantness. But you must first take refuge in God. Know He is Lord.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for always being there for me, even when I don’t think You are. Thank You for carrying me through tough times, even when I don’t think You are. Give me faith to first take refuge in You. Give me courage to count on You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

William Waples
Investigator
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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