Jan 11, 2017

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Did You Dance!

Did You Dance!

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He is possessed by a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘He is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (Matt.11:16-19)

One day the Lord was speaking to a crowd and He told them this unusual analogy. I believe that the application concerns the question of whether we get what we want or we get what He wants. In other words, it’s about obedience. Ah, that’s a concept we aren’t so comfortable with! Consider the following situation: An eight year old boy is watching his dad chop wood. The boy reaches for the axe himself to chop, but his dad intervenes and says No! Typically the child begins to complain and thinks he is old enough to handle the axe. In any case he thinks his dad is mean and being unfair. The boy thought he’d be happy, if only his dad had let him chop some big logs with the axe. But what if his dad had let him? What if after a few ok swings he had missed and cut his leg open? My point is that when we ask our parents or God for something and we are not given it or in other words when we play the flute and pipe, but our parents or god do not dance to our tune, it is because they have a far greater knowledge of what will truly make us content- and contentment is better than happiness- and that- and only that- is what they wish for us. Therefore, let us pipe tunes, but be aware that God will not always dance to our tunes. God’s wisdom is vindicated by His deeds, as is our own wisdom.

Bible Study Discussion Questions:

  1. Sometimes it is God who calls the tune for us. We see this in the words of The Lord of the Dance, an old Shaker tune: “I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee; But they would not dance and they would not follow Me. I danced for the fishermen, for James and John- They came with Me and the dance went on.” Think about one time God called you and you did not follow. Think about one time you did follow. What were the results?
  2. Think about a time you as a parent, your own child piped a tune (made a request) to you. Or think of a time you saw a neighbour respond to an unwise/unsafe request by a child. Did you or your neighbour end up giving in to the screaming and crying? If not, did you or your neighbour buy the child off with some treat? If this pattern is played out a number of times, hasn’t the child become spoilt and not obedient?
  3. Think about a time you have earnestly prayed for or are now praying for something from God, but He has not given it to you? How did you feel or how are you feeling? Are you really ready to give this decision over to God? If not, why not?

Written by Heather Whitehouse, Ontario 1stVP/Chaplain, The King’s Daughters and Sons January, 2017

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