Will you be found wanting?

June 4, 2021

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
(Daniel 5:27 (NIV))

It is human nature to think that everything that we do is good, but is it really? How can we judge when our point of reference is firmly grounded in our sinful nature? We see the world through our sins and we judge anyone who sins differently than us while we ignore our own sins. We see ourselves as better than everyone else simply because we are familiar with our particular sinful nature. What we fail to realize is that our sin is just as bad in the eyes of the Lord as the sins that we look down upon. Contrary to what we may think, we are no better than anyone else. In God’s eyes, we are all the same.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

In arrogance, King Belshazzar of Babylon took the things that had been consecrated for use in the temple in Jerusalem and he used them to toast false gods. He took what had been dedicated to God and by doing what he did, he insulted God by saying that the false gods were superior. Imagine if someone went into your house and used your prized possessions to insult you. By doing what he did, Belshazzar showed complete contempt for the Lord. Unlike the sins that can be considered as simply missing the mark established by God, Belshazzar deliberately mocked God. He deliberately insulted God! He refused to recognize the authority and power of the Lord and by so doing, his arrogance led to God’s judgment upon himself.

Due to our sinful human nature, we can all be prone to ego and pride. We can easily do something completely stupid, and to be honest with you, most of us probably have. We must never do things out of arrogance to God. I can think of a few instances when arrogance has led to God’s wrath. Satan wanting to be God. Humanity building the Tower of Babel to reach God, and Belshazzar, who insulted God. This is not good company to be associated with. The basic premise of these examples is that each of them exalted themselves to the point of attempting to be above God. They tried to reverse the order of God’s creation and were found wanting.

When the Lord looks at you, will you be found wanting?

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You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting

September 24, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

“This is the inscription that was written:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN

“This is what these words mean:

Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
(Daniel 5:25 (NIV))

I have wrestled with this passage for a few days. I feel that I am being led to use this passage, yet, at the same time, I have this feeling in my stomach that this is going to make some people angry.

Here goes!

Think about the words “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.”

Who is doing the weighing? Who is making the decision that we could be found wanting? This is not the only place that we are given a stern message like this.

“Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV))

Just how can someone be found wanting in the eyes of God?

I think that we see a glimpse of this in the above passage from Matthew.

Jesus warned against those who claimed the power of His name, but did not have a personal relationship with Him. If we have that personal relationship with Jesus, our hearts will seek after what is on His heart. We will seek to do His will. We will be in step with what He is calling us to do.

We can get out of step easily. We can follow false teachings. We can accept only part of Jesus, the part that most people like to think about – Savior. If we do not accept Jesus as both Lord and Savior, then we are refusing to listen and to follow. In other words, we will not know Him, and He will not know us!

We will be evildoers in His sight!

What happens when many get out of step with God?

Is it possible for a nation to get out of step with God?

The story from Daniel shows us that it is possible. They were shown the handwriting on the wall.

I often wonder what things we will be asked about when we stand before God. I know that we will be asked about our personal sins.

When I say to a wicked man, `You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.
(Ezekiel 3:18-19 (NIV))

Could we be found wanting because we did not take action to intervene for others, out nation and our world?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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