Daniel 5:22 Not Being Humble

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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. 

1 Kings 12:28 Changing The Truth

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After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 1 Kings 12:28 

Attempting to change the truth is a common practice. People do not want to believe something that had occurred and attempt to change the truth for a lie. They want to change things to make it look better or different, usually for personal gain.

When Rehoboam, son of Solomon, had become king, the people of Judah rebelled against him. Under the leadership of Jeroboam, the broke away. Jeroboam chose to set up some idols of golden calves to keep the people from going to Rehoboam. As he set them up, he told the people that it was the golden calves that had brought them up out of Egypt. He changed the history to gain the people and their trust.

People like to deny the real truth, because it often is a painful truth or requires a change. It is common for people to try and deny that Jesus rose from the dead, or even that He had really existed at all. If they believe that He did exist or that He did raise from the dead, it means that they must change their ways.

It is also common that after God does a big miracle in the life of someone, later they state that they were lucky or some other thing helped them, not God. They deny that it was God’s hand at work in their life and look towards something else. They set up an idol to worship what had helped them, refusing to believe it was God.

Believers sometimes fall into this trap and put God on the side, denying His real power and abilities. They set up the idol of a church, ministry, a person or something else did the work, and not God’s hand.

You must always keep God at the center of your focus. Know that it was God who brought about a miracle in your life, not other people, doctors, medicines, work, or anything else. Know that God is always working in your life for your benefit.

When something great happens, know that God is the one who is orchestrating it, not this world. Never forget what He did and change that to luck or something else. Don’t forget the true history in your life.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will give God credit for the good in your life; that you will remember all that God has done for you;  and that you will never deny Jesus in your life. 

Ecclesiastes 7:10 A Bad Question To Ask

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

It is very common for people to look back on history and make the statement that those were the ‘good old days’. This usually occurs as someone watches a movie or tv show that depicts life years ago. Looking at what is being shown appears to be a great life, that is slow and full of meaning and purpose. Everything looks great.

Another time people think of the ‘good old days’ is when they are going through a very tough situation in life. Married couples begin to look back on their earlier years of marriage and think it was so much better. Or parents look at when their children were younger and think it was better.

Over and over in this nation people are looking back on years ago. Christians do it often when the government makes a bad ruling, or when someone does an extreme case of killing.

Solomon says that it is not wise to look back like that and ask the question why it was so much better.

Throughout a person’s life there are many ups and downs. Every period of life has its own unique challenges. At the time it appears as though it is the worst of times. Then later, after surviving the situation, another situation arises that appears to be even worse.

As a human being, you can only live in the present. You cannot live in the past or the future. Today is the day for salvation and you must live in it.

Do not forget what has occurred in the past, but do not dwell in the past. Learn from it and move forward. Accept what God has for you today and look forward to what He will have for you tomorrow.

It may appear that the past was good, but try to remember how hard some of the situations were at the time you were going through them. Today is no different. People are no better or worse than they were before. Situations are no better or worse, it is nothing new.

God has you on a journey in this life. Accept what He has given you and live your life to the fullest for Him. Don’t ask bad questions that are worthless.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be content with what God is giving you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you today.