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January 1, 1999

The Cry of Our Hearts

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I cry out to God Most High. PSALM 57:2
It’s a common question: How can a follower of Jesus survive in a work environment that is filled with nonbelievers? There are all sorts of settings that are hostile to people who acknowledge their faith in Jesus. The hostility can come from owners, managers, coworkers, or even subordinates. It can come from a few bitter individuals, from a large group, or from formal policies. It can be found in privately owned companies, publicly held companies, nonprofit companies, and all branches of government.
What does this type of situation look like?
David describes it often, but he expresses it particularly well in Psalm 57:4: “I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts—men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.”
Notice the enemy’s weapon. It’s not a club or a gun; it’s words.
Words, too, are our weapon. But to whom do you direct your words during times of trouble? To the government? (“Fix this with a program!”) To your parents? (“Why did you raise me with so much baggage?”) To your boss? (“I can’t work with that woman!”) To your friends or your spouse? (“Everyone at work is out to get me!”)
Seeking wise counsel is one thing, but whining is another. And whether you are seeking counsel from friends or just venting your frustration, ask yourself: Have I first cried out to God Most High?

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