Friday, 14th December, 2018
Reference texts: Isaiah 48:17-19, Matthew 11:18-19
Matthew 11:17 ‘We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn’t dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn’t cry!’
Many people live with certain standards and by some principles, ideals which have shaped their very lives for years. Thus for these people, any call to abandon or alter their ideals is similar to telling them to change who they are at the very core. This drew my attention to how important standards can be in life because: ‘those who stand for nothing, fall for everything’.
In our Gospel today, we hear of flutes and dirges being sung for an audience, yet the audience not responding to them. The fact is, those songs were sung for others to respond to as the singers themselves were detached from its intention. Thus, it has everything to do with dancing to the tune of others and nothing to do with rejoicing with those who rejoice or mourning with those who mourn.
My dear, we cannot keep dancing to the tune of others, because people will always have a different tune for us to dance to. Once you begin dancing, you will find yourself losing track of what it is that you stand for because there always appears to be a new trend in vogue each day. However, many of these only offer people something to fall for and that is where your standards come in: ‘what you stand for’.
In Isaiah 48:17b it is written: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’ That, beloved is the ultimate standard and the only tune we should dance to.
Remember # you can’t put a foot wrong if the tune you dance to is a melody from the heart of God himself.