“Thou art weighed and found wanting”

“Thou art weighed and found wanting”

Daniel 5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

This text is extracted from a profound story recorded in the book of Daniel about a ruler of  Babylon, King Belshazzar. He was a king by every right and possessed all the authority and honor accorded any king. However, he was not someone who gave regard to God nor learned from the downfall of his predecessors.

There are three entities in this story to learn from namely: actions/intentions, weighing, and judgment. The actions of this man were being recorded in the heavens and so are the actions of every creature today. He was addicted to drunkenness which impaired his faculty to make ungodly demands of irreverence to the use of God’s sacred vessels- Daniel 5:2a Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem. His senses were dulled and his heart transgressed against his maker. Many affairs of this life contend with the knowledge and reverence of the Almighty that we must avoid. Next, he had ungodly companions. His entire inner circle of friends and government were blind followers who knew nothing about the fear of God- 1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. We are to be wary of the company we keep within and without the church circles, as this can impact our lives for good or evil. Another action of this man’s life was his worship- Daniel 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. Who do you attribute the successes of your life to? Who takes the glory in your heart? What takes the prime position in your worship? Lastly, he was unrepentant despite the interpretation of the writings of the finger of God. How many times have we flunked the warnings of the Lord through His ministers, His messages(Bible), and His Spirit’s witness?

In conclusion, God’s judgment will be determined by an evaluation of our intentions, our company, and our current state of repentance and godliness. If the Lord were to give you the transcript of your spiritual life right now, would you measure up to His standard? May we not be found wanting in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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