That very night Belshazzar was killed

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. Daniel 5:29-31

Belshazzar did not get a lot of notice before he died. Of course that is how life is; we never know how much time we have left. Some might find fault with God not giving Belshazzar more time to change his ways. God does not have to give us any warning at all. But, as to changing our ways God has given plenty of warning to each of us. For Belshazzar he had what had happened to Nebuchadnezzar as warning to who God was and what God could do.

Every one of us today has been given plenty of warning who God is and what He requires of us. Too often we are like Belshazzar and just ignore the warnings. We either think we have plenty of time to come to God or we feel there is no reason to obey God. As to time, none of us know how much time we have left. Some of us will live to ripe old ages while others may not make it out of our teens. The time to come to God is now not some arbitrary time in the future that we may never see.

For those who think they have no need to obey God I think they probably fall mostly into two camps. The first think God does not exist. The second think God is just some good natured fellow who will in the end let everyone into heaven. For those who think God does not exist they ignore the evidence that is right before their eyes. They also choose to ignore the scientific evidence of God’s existence. In fact, the more I read about current scientific studies and tests the more I am convinced that the unreasonable people are not believers but atheists.

And for those who think we have a Santa God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes God gave us the greatest gift ever but He expects us to accept that gift and follow Him. For those who think all they need do is be good or do good things they are not following God but man’s own devises. God has given us all the warnings we need to seek Him and change our ways. What we choose to do with these warnings is up to each of us. We can be like Belshazzar and ignore God or we can be like Daniel and serve God.

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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