Belshazzar was greatly alarmed

Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote. Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation. Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed. Daniel 5:5-9

I know I would be alarmed if I was sitting at my dining room table and suddenly a hand appears and starts writing on the wall. Belshazzar did the same as Nebuchadnezzar and called for the wise men of Babylon to interpret what was written on the wall. Just as before when they could not interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, they were unable to make sense of the writing.

Too often unbelievers and atheists have a picture of the God of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, as some capricious, autocratic and vengeful entity who swoops down without warning killing everyone who disobeys. Even a cursory reading of the Bible shows this not to be true. God always warns us when we are going down the wrong path. We see this in the first five chapters of Daniel as God warns the kings of Babylon before He brings about punishment.

God still warns us today. It may not be in our dreams or a hand writing a warning on a wall but God warns us all the same. He does so through His word. He does so through our conscience and He does so through our friends and family. In fact we are constantly warned. The problem is not a lack of warnings it is because we choose to ignore them.

My wife, Gail and I do something almost unheard of in the Houston, Texas area, we come to complete stops at stop signs and before turning right at a red light. So far I have been luck and have not had anyone run into me but my wife has not been as lucky. One day while making a right turn at a red light she was bumped by the car behind her. After the pulled over to assess the damage the man asked her what she had stopped. Gail answered because you are supposed to stop before making a right turn on red. The man sheepishly admitted that was correct. He saw the warning, the red light. He knew the rules, stop before turning. He may even have seen the brake light on the car in front of him. He just refused to heed to warning.

Now that incident at the red light caused no damage to either vehicle and both were soon on their way. There are times when if we ignore warnings serious injury, even death can result. When we choose to ignore God’s warnings we may not suffer any injury and even death but we will suffer a serious consequence. When we ignore God we risk our eternal futures. Ignore God now and He will accept our rejection and not subject us to an eternity with Him. No, when we ignore God the result will be eternal separation from Him. There we will contemplate how wrong we were and there will be nothing we can do to correct our error.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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