The Defiant Game

Morning Muse with David ArnoldGymnasium floor lines

Children can skillfully play a defiant game that Dr. James Dobson called

“Challenge the Chief.”

He wrote, “A father told me of taking his 3-year old daughter to a basketball game. The child, of course, was interested in everything in the gym except the athletic contest. The father permitted her to roam free, but he set up definite limits regarding how far she could stray.

He took her by the hand, and walked with her to a stripe painted on the gym floor.

‘You can play all around the building, Janie, but don’t go past this line,’ he instructed her.

He had no sooner returned to his seat than the toddler scurried in the direction of the forbidden territory. She stopped at the border, flashed a grin at her father, and deliberately placed one foot over the line, as if to say, ‘Whatcha gonna do about it?’

The entire human race is affected with this tendency toward willful defiance. Perhaps this tendency toward self-will is the essence of ‘original sin,’ which has infiltrated the human family.” 1

It is recorded of the Israelites,

“God will not be bribed by the worship of rebels.”“Then they believed His words; they sang His praise. (But) they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel; (they) lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert” (Psalm 106:12 - 14).

This refers to the miracle at the Red Sea, and how they rejoiced, and praised God for His miracles.

Sadly, though, they failed to walk in obedience to Him, thereafter, demanding their own way in willful disobedience.

Psalm 78:36 and 37 further states,

“Nevertheless, they flattered Him with their mouth, and they lied to Him with their tongue; for their heart was not steadfast with Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant.”

This is a verbal expression of commitment, but no dedication of the heart.

 “God will not be bribed by the worship of rebels.” 2


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2. Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings In Joshua, Moody Press, Chicago, Copyright 1964 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, p. 231.