Read: Hebrews 4:13-16
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.”
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
Working retail affords you the opportunity to meet all sorts of people. Some of them are entertaining, encouraging, and just plain fun to be around. Others, however, have a unique ability to talk down to nearly everyone. And for some reason, our service center mechanic seemed to attract more than her fair share of these.
While the “you’re-a-woman-and-can’t-possibly-know-enough-to-fix-my-lawnmower” attitude offended her, there was very little she could do about it. Instead, each time she found herself confronted by such a customer, she would refer them to her manager.
After attentively listening to the customer’s description of their problem, he would explain that he didn’t know how to mend the merchandise in question… but if they wanted to talk to someone who did, they could ask his mechanic. One way or another, they always ended up back at the service center, looking her in the eye.
The truth was that though these customers felt that it was impossible for a female mechanic to have any real mechanical knowledge, she was a good deal more qualified than she may have at first appeared. She had been working on engines since childhood, had taken each vendor’s repair course, and had been certified and recertified to work on the merchandise which we sold. Our customers could not have been in better hands.
Unfortunately, as Christians, our attitudes aren’t often that far removed from those of these customers. While we teach that God is all-knowing, we sometimes behave as though His position beyond the borders of our universe prevents Him from truly understanding and sympathizing with our human struggles. How wonderful it is to be reminded that He cares so much for us that He took on our flesh and experienced these trials and tribulations just as we do! Being the Creator of all things as well as having experienced life in human skin, He is duly qualified to deal with all of our problems!
Challenge: Commit to reading the entire book of John. As you do, think carefully about the human aspects of Christ’s life: the labor of a carpenter, the sore muscles He must have experienced after a long day on the road, His feelings upon being abandoned by His friends. Make a list of all the ways in which the Master’s life and yours are similar. You may be surprised at just how much He can sympathize with your situation!