One of the greatest day to day struggles many Christians face in our work lives is that we often find ourselves completely immersed in a crowd of coworkers who care little or nothing for the things of God. More often than not, being in this environment comes without choice or even a way out. I recently came across an encouraging little bit of scripture that I think speaks volumes on this topic. Of course, I recommend reading the whole of the text from which these few verses are taken, but here’s the part I want to focus on here:
… and if He rescued righteous Lot, distressed by the unrestrained behavior of the immoral (for as he lived among them, that righteous man tormented himself day by day with the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials… 2 Peter 2:7-9 HCSB
Scripture reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). What an encouraging thought, to know that we are not the only ones to have experienced life’s trials! Lot experienced the frustrations and difficulties of living a life where he was constantly surrounded by unrestrained godlessness. For him it was a matter of daily torment. Talk about hard to get out of bed in the morning knowing what you would be faced with!
Imagine how Joseph must have felt alone and surrounded living in Egypt, far from his home, his people, and those who loved God. Or, Daniel and his three friends who found themselves having to report to work each day under the authority of an employer who threatened their very lives because they worshiped God. We could spend hours talking about how Nicodemus must have felt among his peers. Or, Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, a good and righteous man whose coworkers were the very people responsible for the plot against Jesus.
The pages of scripture reveal to us the stories of those who have gone before us, experiencing many of the same challenges you and I face each day. Be encouraged today that you are not the first to feel alone in a godless environment. Be encouraged by the perseverance of the saints, whose exemplary lives are recorded for us in the pages of scripture that we might follow their example as we try to live each day for Christ Jesus.
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. (Heb. 12:1,2 HCSB)