The Trailer

June 10, 2021
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Matthew 7:1-5 – Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (NIV)

My son-in-law made a trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, to pick up supplies for their business. While he was there, he also picked up a small tent trailer that I had purchased online a year previously and had left with friends until we could drive down to pull it home.

The evening before he was to return home, he and our friend hitched the trailer to his truck and then tried all the lights. The lights on the trailer were not working. Yet, our friend, who had thoroughly checked everything, stated that the lights had been working when he had tried them. Hmmm. Obviously, there was a problem. Both men rechecked everything on the trailer, but they could find nothing wrong. Then, they crawled under my son-in-law's truck and discovered several broken wires.

It wasn't the trailer after all — it was the truck. Once they had repaired the problem with the truck, everything worked. My son-in-law then said, "No wonder none of the trailer lights have worked on the last two trailers that I have bought!"

As much as we laughed over this story when he shared it with us, it also reminded me of today's Scripture passage. How easy it can be for us to assume that the problems that we have with others in our life are their fault and not ours, or even partially ours. It seems that our human nature just likes to look at others and blame them before we stop and take a look at ourselves through the eyes of the Holy Spirit, Who always speaks and reveals the truth. If we would admit it, we don't always want to see or acknowledge the truth, for that takes humility and the desire and intent to change.

Yet, change we must, if we do not want to be found lacking in God's sight when it comes to judging others. For as we judge others, so shall we be judged. As we have measured out to others, so will it one day be measured out to us.

So, before we jump into judging others, let us diligently pray for the Holy Spirit to give us a great big nudge if we haven't taken the time to prayerfully ask Him to search our own heart and ways.

Surely, each one of us wants to be pleasurably judged and measured before God, and not in humiliation.

Prayer: Father God, forgive us for our sin of too often judging others before allowing You to show us the areas in which we ourselves are lacking and need to deal with. Help us to be patient and full of compassion, as You are, to those around us, even when we cannot know or do not understand their situation or why they do what they do. May we choose to measure out to others the fullness of Your kindness, love, grace, and mercy, that Your light might shine brightly and lives might be changed for eternity. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Lynne.

    Right on as usual, Lynne! Thanks.

    Thanks Lynne, your message is so important for us all. Blessings to you!

    Again, you have hit the mark. We need to look at our own faults before we criticize others.

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Thank you for this timely scripture and illustration. It is so easy to slip into the judging pool. Thanks for the reminder.

    Thank you, Lynn, for this devotion. Certainly, something we need to be reminded of from time to time, and a perfect analogy.
    God bless you on this, the day the Lord has made.

    Lynne, just like you to know how much I enjoy your contributions to Presbyterian Devotional.
    I feel somewhat of a kinship with you as we were once residents of Yukon, which is not too too far from where you are.
    Blessings for you and the prayers you send.

    Hello Lynne
    Thank you for this today. I never really dealt with it this way. I can get to a point where I am frustrated with someone’s actions or attitude and when I ask God for help, to take the plank out of my eye it always seems to go better for me. Maybe I am judging them, it sure seems better when God takes care of it all. God bless you.

    Dear Lynne,
    Many thanks for another of your special writings. A great analogy of the trailer lights situation and how we can so quickly find fault in others instead of checking our own thoughts and behaviour. It is so easy for us to lay blame on others before thinking through our own actions in a situation. We need to take time to reflect and ask the Lord’s guidance before we jump to conclusions of happenings around us.
    Blessings Lynne for these meaningful writings you submit.

    Good morning Lynne,
    This has been a problem of mine that I have known about for years and try to work on, but it happens instantaneously time and time again. The one thing is I am aware of and do ask for help. The other thing is that I haven’t been able with God’s help to rid myself of this habit. It is like negative thinking. I have to work on it many times in a day. I know life would never been easy, but these two habits do help to keep me humble and always in need of God’s guidance. I wonder sometimes if God built us this way on purpose for some reason we can’t understand.
    Thank you for the very good reminder with the wonderful example of the trailer lights. It will definitely stick in my mind. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and ideas. May you enjoy your day feeling God beside you and your family.

    Thanks, Lynne for a wonderful challenge. It seems we often need reminders.

    Thank you for this Devotional.
    I REALLY struggle with this spiritual aspect of my walk with Jesus. I think the numerous past hurts have caused me to instantly suspect, rather than trust. I pray every day for Jesus to ‘heal the past’ and ‘change my heart’ and ‘pour more of His love into my heart that I may show the same mercy toward others’ but it’s still my first reaction and I hate it.
    I find this ‘sin’ within me, quite disturbing, so thank you for yet another reminder.

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