praying-manI’ve had my fill of trouble. I’m camped on the edge of hell. (Psalm 88:3, MSG)

Her voice grew higher pitched as she said, “I know I’m the first hire for this position, but they have no idea what to do with me.”

His voice grew softer and his tone more depressed as he said, “I feel like I’m just a statistic here.”

The texts came faster: “They’ve hired a guy to do CRMs who doesn’t know the first thing about them. And I’m supposed to supervise him.”

Can you relate?

Have the scars to show for it?

Camped on the edge of work-hell.

You’re in good company.

So what can you do to move forward when you find yourself camped on the edge of work-hell?

David served as CEO over the huge kingdom of a combined Israel and Judah. Psalm 88 is proof-positive that while he had all the luxuries the world had to offer, he found himself camped on the edge of work-hell, too.

What did he do to move forward?

David talked honestly with God.

He prayed no-holds-barred to God. He even blamed God: You’ve dropped me into a bottomless pit.

You may be tempted to hold back your raw emotions from prayer. Don’t.

When you do, it’s like spraying potpourri air freshener on a dirty cat box. All you get is potpourri-scented cat crap. You must clean out the box to improve the smell.

Pour out your heart honestly to God when you’re camped on the edge of work-hell. If you’re angry with God, tell him. If you blame God for your work situation, fire away. If you feel abandoned by God, holler at heaven.

David talked honorably with God.

Sure, David backed up the truck and dumped all of his negative emotions on God’s doorstep. And yet notice how Psalm 88 begins: God, you’re my last chance of the day . . . Put me on your salvation agenda; take notes on the trouble I’m in.

The Creator of the universe may be the cause of everything that’s wrong with his work, and yet David knows He is also the one who can save him.

You may hate your job. Or, your boss. And God won’t get you another.

Acknowledge to God that while you’re upset with him, you still know him to be your last and best chance at moving forward from your campsite on the edge of work-hell.

David talked on with God.

David kept talking with God. He prayed even when it seemed his prayers bounced off the ceiling. Even when the only friend he had left was darkness (18), he talked on with God.

Even though you’re camped on the edge of work-hell, keep pouring out your soul honestly and honorably to God.

Persevere in talking with God because the end of your story is far better than work-hell, just like David’s.

The next Psalm, 89, begins with, I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are (Ps. 89:1b, MSG).

Work does get better.

Pretty soon, you’ll pull up your stakes, fold your tent, and move on beyond the edge of work-hell to camp in the Promised Land.

Talk on with God so you increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

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