Read: Daniel 5:1-31
“And you son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 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 hands is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.” Daniel 5:22, 23
In yesterday’s episode of “You have got to be kidding”, King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride opened him up to experience a huge amount of humiliation. After multiple warnings, he continued to worship false gods. His refusal to honor the one true God left him crawling in a field chewing grass like a cow. Literally.
As Chapter 5 of the book of Daniel begins, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, is hosting a feast. Wine, wives, and concubines all around him. He sent for golden statues and gods to be brought in and he and his guests offered up offerings to these gods.
Lesson learned? Not at all.
A human hand appears and begins to write on the wall. Daniel is called on to interpret the writing, which ends up being a message from God. God doesn’t beat around the bush. He tells Belshazzar that he has come to the end of his days because he dishonored God, just like his father.
If you’d seen your father go from being a rich and mighty king to a clawed ox graveling in a field for food, wouldn’t you evaluate all the activities he did that dishonored God and do the opposite?
In our minds this might seem so simple. But, if we’re honest, we have all struggled with things we have previously seen have negative, hurtful, dishonoring or maybe even deadly outcomes. Whether it’s a generational addiction, a family mindset or even ungodly language used over the dinner table; in our hearts we know, “This doesn’t honor God.” Stepping away from those lifestyles or conversations may be even more difficult because it’s the “family way” or “how we’ve always done it”. But, what may begin as just a habit, may be the very thing that keeps us from walking out our Christian faith victoriously.
Thankfully, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we can boldly ask God to reveal the areas in our life in which we’re not honoring Him, and receive the grace we need to get aligned with God’s heart . (Hebrews 4:16)
Let’s do that together.
Father, please show us the areas in our hearts and in our lives that don’t honor you. We’ve seen many unaddressed issues and habits in our families have ripple effects and in some cases, pull us away from you. Help us to turn from those ways and walk in your truth. We ask for guidance and truth by the power of your Holy Spirit. We desire to honor you. In Jesus’ name, amen.