Daniel 5:22 Not Being Humble

Kneeling on a beach

But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Daniel 5:22 

Looking back on history gives a person a perspective of what works and what does not work. Wise men will review history of what has occurred to determine the best ways to do something currently.

It is common, however, that people refuse to look back at what has happened and not learn from it. They choose to do things their own way, rather than from learning from others. It is all about self and what one wants for himself, rather than doing things the best way.

People like to feel as though they did it themselves or can do it themselves. Very few want any help or guidance from anyone else. Thus, they refuse to look back at learn from others.

God had gotten Belshazzar’s attention by writing on a wall. Daniel interprets it, but points out that Belshazzar’s father had known and followed God, after being humbled. Belshazzar never humbled himself and put himself up against God.

As soon as one refuses to humble himself and realize that he does not know what is best, but that only God knows what is best, he is set up for failure and correction. God will allow a person to do what he wants, but it will come at a price. Belshazzar was to lose his kingdom and his life.

The true believer will know that he is not in control, but that God is the one who is truly in control. He will bow down before God, humbling himself to God’s will and direction.

Believers can look back at the bible and the lives of other believers to see how God works with people and knows what is best. He will be able to see that he can trust God.

You may be one of those who likes to be in control of everything. While God may be giving you some things that you can control, you must remember that He is the one who is in absolute control. You must allow yourself to submit to His ways of doing things.

This is where humility comes in. It is bowing down to God, recognizing that He is God and you are not. It is recognizing that God is in control and you are not.

Do not allow yourself to get to a point where God has to knock you down. Humble yourself today and He will lift you up.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Master; that you will submit to God’s ways of doing things; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that you will be humble before God. 

Daniel 5:26-27 Found Wanting

“Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” Daniel 5:26-27

Belshazzar was king of Babylon and his kingdom was prospering very well. However, unlike Nebuchadnezzar, he did not honor or follow God at all. He worshipped various idols and used articles from the temple to party with.

One day while he and all his officials were having a party, God made a hand visible that wrote some words on the wall. No one was able to understand what those words meant, until Daniel was called. He stated that God said that Belshazzar’s days were numbered as a king and that he had been found wanting. Later that night he would be killed and Babylon would be over taken by the Medes.

Many people have gone to a store to purchase an item and use their debit card to pay for it. When the cashier runs the card, it comes up short on funds in the account. The person is found wanting more money than what he has. It can be embarrassing to the person, because he is short on money.

Millions of people today are living their lives in their own way. Often going to church and claiming to be a believer. Yet, they do not have a relationship with Jesus and are not living for Him in any way. The only thing that they do is go to church. During the week, they never read the Bible, witness, or even pray. The only thing that they do is live a “good” life by not living in extreme sins and by going to church.

When Jesus returns or when He calls those people home, they will be found wanting. Jesus will turn them away for never knowing them. They will be needing the salvation that He provides, but will not have it. The reality of their life will be exposed.

As you are going through this life, you must live your life in a way that you will not be found wanting when you stand before God. Put all of your trust in Jesus and live for Him. Show your love for Him by obeying Him. If you live your life your own way, you will be found wanting and lose in the end.

How do the scales weigh you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will live for God; that God will be able to speak well of you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.