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Second Fiddle

Philosophy View of Fiddle

1. To move the hands or fingers restlessly.

2.To change or handle in a useless way.

3.An act of defrauding, cheating, or falsifying.

4. Touch or fidget with something in a restless or nervous way.

Biblical View of Fiddle

  • Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

  • Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.

According to Deuteronomy 6:13 God's clear command is that his people are to serve him. But in order to serve, individuals need to be willing to step out of the limelight and play second fiddle.

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

Deuteronomy 6:13 KJV

Since the start of the pandemic there have been a lot of women’s support groups that are being run by successful women’s ministry from different churches, sometimes when you ask for spiritual advise it seems like you are not getting anywhere. Most of these leaders have strong personalities and are groups with their own ideas.

They are talented group of first fiddlers unwilling to commit to anything less than first place. No one would do the behind-the-scenes work, no one would play the second fiddle. Until a sweet, gentle humility could temper those hard attitudes there would be little hope of a vibrant women's ministry in that circle.

A little couplet says it matters more than tongue can tell, to play the second fiddle well. Playing second fiddle is a marvellous way of starting to serving others. They are so many second fiddle positions to fill. Very few people want them since most people are heading for the top and working at being visible. If we would only roll up our sleeves and have a go at it.

If we would but get involved wherever there is a need, then God would accomplish great things.

Just as you can’t guide a stationary car, God can't guide a stationery Christian. (I love this) We need to start getting out there and doing something soon.

We might complain and say this is not my thing to:

• Teach Sunday school.

• Help with the food collection.

• Mow yards.

• Pick up old folks.

• Count money.

• Wash dishes.

• Give my testimony.

Maybe not! but have you ever considered, it might be his thing for you? The Lord taught me through this pandemic that if I stop worrying about playing first fiddle and start with second and do it well and to his glory, I would stumble over those prepared works along the way. It starts with the fear of the Lord which involved a hatred of individualism and pride with a servant spirit. God will work this in the human heart if we ask him to. Are you willing to play second fiddle in God’s orchestra?

“Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.”

Deuteronomy 13:4 KJV



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