My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.
(Daniel 5:1 NASB)
When Belshazzar tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and
silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the
temple which was in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.
(Daniel 5:2 NASB)
Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.
(Daniel 5:3 NASB)
They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
(Daniel 5:4 NASB)
“Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this,
(Daniel 5:22 NASB)
but you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they
have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your
nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from
them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron,
wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. But the God in
whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not
(Daniel 5:23 NASB)
This is one of those Old Testament stories that I have always found
very fascinating. This king, Belshazzar, had grown up in the palace
with his father, Nebuchadnezzar. He would have experienced the seven
years of his father's insanity -- all of which was the result of his
father's pride. His father had to learn how to live humbly before God.
Now, this young king is full of himself and has an arrogance which
results in poor decision making. The God of the universe, the very one
who provides for life-breath had been in a personal relationship with
his father, and yet this young man chose to ignore all that he had seen
and experienced and be a materialist. He called for the goblets from
the temple in Jerusalem -- the very items that were consecrated to God,
and then, with God's items he praised the gods of material goods -- the
gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone. He had no fear or
respect for the God who could give him the breath of life, and that very
night his breath was taken from him.
The failure of this young king seems to clear to us, and yet can't
we just imagine the headiness of being in a party where 1000 people are
praising you. The praise becomes almost intoxicating and so somehow you
believe you need to prove that you are as good as everyone is saying
you are -- and in this case, you pull a crazy stunt -- trying to prove
your greatness compared to God. All of this may seem over the top and
yet are there times when we worship the god of materialism over the God
of life-breath? My mind turns toward the gadgets of our day and how
they have come to fill our lives. They can do all kinds of tricks for
us and we enjoy them but do we allow them to consume us?
Maybe it's time to step back a moment and remember that we are
created to be a reflection of the life-giving God. We are not called to
be a reflection of gold, silver, bronze, wood or stone. I'm sure that
we can all find examples of us having these items in our lives and
things made of these items may be important for our lives, but they
certainly cannot be the most important. But if people look at us --
what do they see? Do they see the God of breath reflected in us -- or
do they see the god of these things reflected in us?
For many of us we have had the privilege of witnessing the lives of
those who have gone before us. These are people who have been faithful
in so many ways and God has been faithful to them. If we have had the
chance to have these experiences and to see their testimony -- then why
would we have any desire to worship the god of materialism? Aren't we
just like this young king? We don't need a hand to appear and write on a
wall -- we have the word of God. God is constantly calling his people
back into a personal relationship with himself. He is our life-breath
and we are to be a reflection of him to a world that is dying and
suffocating from all its stuff -- the material things, that will
eventually suck the life out of us until we are left gasping for air.
Lord, please help me today and every single day of my life to seek you and a daily infilling of your breath. Amen.