When The Cat’s Away, The Mice Will Play
Posted: Sunday, May 3
Verse of the day:
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
Have you ever heard the expression “When the cat’s away, the mice will play”? This expression has been a proverb since about 1600 both in English and Spanish. It reminds us that “without supervision, people will do as they please, especially in disregarding or breaking rules.”
This is exactly what happened after Joshua’s death. The people of Israel were fooling themselves into believing that they had no king. They were claiming that there was no authority figure to lead and protect them. If no one was in charge, what did it matter what they did? They believed they would not be held accountable for their actions. They were sadly mistaken! Even if they didn’t have a Moses, a Joshua, or a Gideon to lead them, God was still their King. God wanted to lead them and protect them. Furthermore, God was still going to hold them accountable for their actions. The people of Israel thought the cat was away. They forgot that their true King – the One and Only God – was not a cat but a Lion!
What do you do when the cat is away? C.S. Lewis defined integrity as “doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” What do you do when no one is watching? Let me encourage you to live a life of integrity. Live for your King – even when no one is watching!