“Squeak, Squeak”

This Weeks Meditation: “Squeak, Squeak”  
Read:  Luke 18:9-14

I heard the story one time about an old man in his rocking chair. As he rocked, he began to hear these loud squeaks and tried several times to get rid of the squeaks in the rocking chair.  The angry man finally went and got his ax and chopped the squeaky chair to pieces.

As the old man was walking away he noticed that the squeaks were still there. He realized they were in his knees.  Sometimes the problems that we see in others are problems that exist within ourselves. So, before we destroy everything else, perhaps we need to decide if we are a part of the problem.

That is the basis of this parable that Jesus tells in Luke 18.  Jesus is warning us to not be too proud or judgmental of others.  In verse 14 he says that the tax collector is the one who went home justified before God.  Why?

Because he humbly admitted his shortcomings and asked for mercy instead of proudly proclaiming that he had no squeaks like the Pharisee was doing.  Jesus ends the parable by saying, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

This past Sunday I preached about “teaching moments.”  Perhaps when we are quick to criticize others or find fault in them we would do good to ask the Lord if this is really a teaching moment for ourselves.  Maybe there is a squeak in us that God wants to use a little WD40 on?

It’s good to be confident in our salvation and know that God is with us, but it is entirely different when we begin to look down on others and their faults.  Jesus is teaching here to be humble and to pray for others instead of being critical of them.

Make it personal:  If you find yourself being critical of someone this week put everything on pause for a moment.  Ask yourself if that is the right attitude to have and then think about this parable that Jesus gave us.  Nothing can fix our squeaks like the Word of God!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church