A Time To Dance
Solomon, who was a very wise man, said that “to everything there is a season” and in these seasons there is a “time to dance”. Today I wish to talk about the season of joy that God is about to bring to his people.
Tabernacles is a time of joy. It is a time to rejoice in our bridegroom. If earthly weddings are a time of great joy then it stands to reason that the marriage supper of the Lamb is going to be joy unspeakable.
Many times in our Christian walk we become consumed with doing things. Like Martha we are mindful about much which, while important, causes us to miss the simple joy of just being with our savior.
For instance, prayer should be a free flow of conversation with our Lord. We should simply be able to talk to Him as we would talk to any close friend. Yet we sometimes even make this most natural of activities a scheduled event complete with time quotas and lists of things to speak to Him about. Prayer sometimes becomes something we have to do rather than what we want to do.
I remember when I was in Bible College I ate, drank, and slept the Word of God for years until I could hardly pick up the Good book anymore. I was so saturated with the Scriptures that I had little room for anything else in my life. One might think such a state of affairs was the ideal for a young man of God, but truthfully, all that study became a burden rather than a joy. After Bible College, for at least ten years, I never read or studied the Bible. I had no desire to even look at it. Yet during that time the Holy Spirit taught me more by His Spirit than I ever learned in class. As I would be walking down a dirt road the Spirit would simple start speaking to me about a new truth. As I would be doing daily chores God would teach me how He really viewed certain doctrines. In this way learning was not work but an easy going conversation between Father and son who walked together daily.
In the last few years I have again found joy in listening to the bible on tape and like just letting the Word of God wash over me. However, these days I let my heart direct me on what to read or listen to, while allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate His Word without putting so much effort into it.
In so many areas of our Christian lives we are working way too hard at being whom we “think” God wants us to be. We are so busy doing the things that we believe He wants us to do, sometimes we forget that He, as it were, is in the living room. In truth God is the one doing everything and we cannot add to what He does. Better for us to just sit at His feet until He directs us to get up and do something. Until then though, let us not worry about what to do.
The next move of God will come with dancing borne out of joy. We will raise our hands, love our brethren, and dance with each other while we worship our King. This will be spontaneous and above all will be “fun”.
I feel that in my own life I need to have more “fun with God”. I know that it is not easy for us “Martha’s” to put down our wash cloths and aprons. We need to just relax a bit for tomorrow will really take care of itself. Yes, we are at the end of the age. Yes, the antichrist is probably already among us. Yes, there are wars and rumors of wars. But really, what can we do about it more than just worry?
The bottom line is that we, as virgins waiting for our bridegroom, need to stock up on oil. This oil we desperately need is the Holy Spirit. The way to obtain this oil simply by being with God. Here is a fundamental truth:
“God dwells within His people and so to be with God you must be with His people.”
In this day and age God is not in a burning bush or a pillar of fire but rather He dwells within the hearts of men. If you want to “see God” look into the eyes of your brothers and sisters who are yielding to the Holy Spirit. If you want to hear God speak find someone who is allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through them. If you want to feel the touch of God, allow Him to touch you through those around you. We are the Body of Christ.
In conclusion, the time has come for the Shulamite to dance before Solomon. It will be a dance of love, passion, and above all joy. What God has for us who love Him, is beyond anything we can currently imagine. I look forward to experiencing it with you!