Devotional: Week of September 1, 2014

Proverbs 18:12 – Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

Over the last couple of weeks I found myself working alongside my wife to dig a 6-foot deep hole through solid clay to attempt to fix a broken water line that leads into an investment home we are in the process of selling.  We felt that once the house was on the market we would be able to sell the home quickly, because we had kept it in good shape and we were timing its availability around the summer break from school.  We thought that we had done enough to make the house saleable and entice some prospective buyer to want to make it their home.

After the house had been on the market for a month we found out that a leak had popped up in the water line that runs from the street to the house.  The city informed us that it was our problem to deal with, and so we began to dig.  I routinely fix irrigation lines at work, so I saw no problem doing this job on our own.  “Surely this won’t give us too much trouble,” we thought, but oh boy were we wrong.  We thought our experience had set us up for a smooth ride.  We thought that we knew what to expect.  We thought it would be a one day fix.

We spent parts of 4 days digging and attempting to fix before we got to the point where we couldn’t take it anymore.  We were ready to give up and ready to call in a plumber.  There was no way we could afford to call in a plumber, but we began thinking that maybe we were supposed to learn the lesson that “sometimes it’s better to call in a professional.”  We were beat down.  We thought we had this under control on our own.  We were haughty.

(Haughty – arrogantly superior and disdainful)

After a couple of days away from the house and away from the hole we had dug out we realized our error.  We went in thinking we were better than the task and better than the house.  We were wrong.  Our time off reminded us that we needed to lean on others—maybe not for the work itself, but for support.  We don’t need to face our challenges alone; we aren’t meant to.

We were able to get back into the hole, fix the problem, and get the hole backfilled.  But only because we let ourselves accept the help of others, and gave in to the calming force of God.

Whether the hole we are facing is a literal 6-foot deep hole or an emotional hole that we’re facing we must remember to approach the situation with humility.  We must accept the help of others and request the guidance and protection of our Lord and Savior.  We must remember that we aren’t meant to face this world alone; we are meant to be in true community.  Lean on one another, serve alongside each other, and share our lives with each other.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for your grace and your guidance.  Lord, please help me see my place in this world.  Help me understand how you want to use me in each situation, so that I can see my way out of any hole I find myself.  Lord, please prompt me to turn from my feelings of superiority to live a life of humility.

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