Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

Many Things I Ask, One Thing God Asks


Walking into a roach treatment takes the knowledge of where to find the roach’s hideouts, deciding what chemicals to use, how to inform the customer of what your about to do and then communicating your needs from the customer after the job is done.

I like to ask a lot of questions up front. Like how many do they normally see? Where do you see most of them? Do you have any health concerns? Are there small children or animals living in the house? And many more. From there I move to a thorough inspection where I climb through every cabinet, walk through every room and pay close attention to hot-spots like refrigerators, microwaves, cordless phones, water heaters or any other device that makes heat.

Once I have located all infested areas it’s time to treat. There are many products out there to use for the treatment of roaches and I like to hit em with everything I can. Leaves no room for error in killing them. I move to my truck grab my supplies and head in for the task. I spray, I bait, I use some aerosol, I dust, I vacuum. By the time I’m done I have a graveyard and a pleased customer.

The next step is always the hardest. Communicating to the customer what their part is in the eradication of the pests. In my best voice, I try to inform them that I’m finished with my part. Now it’s time to do their part. I need them to stay clean. Clean dishes after every meal. Don’t leave food out because then the roaches choose their food and not my food.

I tell them they need to clean up any dead roaches. Live ones when gone without food for a while will feed on dead ones. I tell them they need to clean the nesting areas where they have laid their feces. This will cause disease to spread and cause anyone in the house to acquire asthma. I tell them much more but I won’t bore you.

The same can be said with God. When we ask God to handle our problems sometimes he tells us some things we have to do first. I normally don’t like these steps I have to make. But if we read in Psalm 51, we can see that David asked for many things from God after his affair with Bathsheba. He asked for grace, washing, cleansing, purity, reminder of joy and gladness, a clean heart, renewed spirit, allowance to stay near to God, restoration, sustenance by the Spirit, and deliverance.

What was David to do? What did God ask David to do? Verse 17 says the sacrifices of God are a broken Spirit, a broken and contrite heart. It would seem to me that God is asking David not to sacrifice animals, or give a burnt offering (v.16) but to sacrifice himself. To give his heart fully. Allow it to be broken so that God can renew it, mend it, and reshape it.

These things David asked. This thing God asks. Are you hung up in sin. Have you made a mistake once, twice, ten times, a thousand times? It doesn’t matter. God asks one thing. Be a living sacrifice. Sacrifice everything you are for everything He is. In the end you have to believe your reward will be outstanding.

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January 25, 2011 - Posted by | devotion, roaches | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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