Saturday, October 03, 2009

Learn from the Past

Daniel 5:22-23
(22) And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,
(23) but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

This is the famous "writing on the wall" passage. King Belshazzar is rightly afraid after a hand appears out of nowhere and writes a mysterious message on the wall while he holds a feast for his people to celebrate his own perceived greatness. This whole event makes him literally weak-kneed. He just doesn't know what to do, so he calls Daniel. Of course, Daniel once again shows God's power and sovereignty over kings and kingdoms by interpreting the message. The message comes true that very night as Belshazzar is murdered.

I think that we tend to approach God the way Belshazzar does. We have a "break glass in case of fire" mentality. A crisis may bring us to Him initially, but once we see His power at work how can we turn away from Him? Yet that is what we do time and time again.

I urge you to turn to Him in the good as well as the bad times. The good part is that staying close to Him in the good times makes the bad times less difficult. It doesn't prevent the bad times, but we can deal with them a lot more easily if we are close to the Lord.

Stay close to Him! You won't be sorry.

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