“For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!” (Daniel 5:23)
Everytime I step onto a scale, I am often dissapointed with what what I see. I always weigh more than I want to. In fact, I can’t think of a time recently when I weighed less than I thought I did. On our scales, we typically want to weigh less.
Did you know that God has scales too? God’s scales are very different. On God’s scales, we want to weigh more, because His scales are about the weight of our life, the depth of our life, and the substance of our life.
In the book of Daniel chapter 5, it tells the story of Belshazzar, the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar, who went out of his way to blaspheme and insult the true and living God. As he and his friends were partying away, they suddenly saw a hand writing on the plaster of the palace wall. It was a message from God himself.
Belshazzar called for the prophet Daniel to interpret the writing, and Daniel told him, “This is what these words mean: Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end. Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up. Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 26–28).
Daniel was saying to Belshazzar, “You have been put on God’s divine scales, and there is nothing of substance in your life. And now your time is up.”
That night, the Medo-Persian forces were amassing outside under the leadership of Cyrus, and Belshazzar was killed.
God has given us warnings in the Scriptures just like He gave to Belshazzar. There is a last night for every person. There will be a last meal . . . a last statement . . . a last breath . . . and then eternity.
“God’s scales are about the weight of a life, the depth of a life, and the substance of a life.”
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the hope You have freely given to me through Your Son Jesus. Thank you for everyday you have given me here on Earth. Lord, help me to seize the opportunities to glorify You Lord with the days I have remaining in my life. Help me with my doubt when I cannot see. Continue to encourage me when I feel inadequate Lord. As I eagerly wait in expectation of Your coming, strengthen me to persevere in the calling You have laid before me. I know that all things work together for good to those who love You. Lord, I commit my life to Your purposes today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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