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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– Talk no more exceedingly proud; let not arrogance come out of your mouth.  For the Lord is a God of knowledge – and by Him actions are weighed. – 1 Samuel 2:3

– TEKEL: You are weighed in the balances, and found wanting. – Daniel 5:27

Perhaps one of the most chilling scenes in Scripture is the fingers coming forth of a man’s disembodied hand, writing the words “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN” upon a plaster wall (Daniel 5:5, Daniel 5:25).  It all happened in the midst of a great feast given by King Belshazzar for a thousand of his lords (Daniel 5:1).  Once the king saw the “hand, writing on the wall” – his festive countenance was changed to fear (Daniel 5:6).

These words at Belshazzar’s banquet spelled out his final fate in life from God.  Only the prophet Daniel could interpret them – as they were from above and not below (Daniel 5:13-15).  The news was not good.  Belshazzar’s kingdom had been numbered and finished.  It would be divided between the Medes and Persians.  As for the king, his days were done – being slain later that night (Daniel 5:30).

Belshazzar should have known better.  To humble his heart before God – before it was too late (Daniel 5:22).  His own father, King Nebuchadnezzar, was literally put out to pasture – and his heart made like the beasts.  He was fed grass like oxen. All because of pride.  Until the king knew the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men – and appointed over it whomever He would (Daniel 5:18-21).  Dad learned, the son did not.

In Job’s final speech to his three friends – he said: “If I have walked with vanity – or if my foot has hasted to deceit – let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity (Job 31:5-6).  We too, are being weighed daily by God in His heavenly scales (Isaiah 40:12).  Too much drink, too much false idol worship, and not giving God glory – tipped Belshazzar’s balance to death (Daniel 5:23-24).  What will tip ours?

A false balance – and too many weights are abominations to God (Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 20:23).  However, a just weight is His delight – for all the weights of the bag is His work (Proverbs 16:11).  Shouldn’t we be mindful then of who’s in whose scales? Maintaining a just balance is not weighing God’s actions.  We are to repent daily.  Humbly coming before the Lord – so we don’t get our wicked hearts hardened by pride – or before He does it for us (Jeremiah 17:9, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Exodus 9:12).

Wanting is never wise (Psalm 23:1).  If we’re wanting – can we be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5, Luke 3:14)?  If we’re wanting – won’t we be trying to exact more than what God has already appointed us (Luke 3:13)?  If we’re wanting – aren’t we waiting?  Perhaps waiting for God to give us a worldly want – before doing something He wants us to by His Word?  Don’t wants create wrong weights – and waits – leading to unjust balances that could tragically tip any time (Proverbs 29:1)?

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