Message for January 10th 21

You have been weighed

Bible Reading: Daniel 5:12-30

Text Te-Kel; Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting. Dan. 5:27

Introduction

Though out this past couple of weeks outside of hearing about the Pandemic and the vaccine coming our radios, TVs and newspapers have been full of looking back over the past year. The end of one year and the start of a new one take us to an invisible line, one that makes us look back and weigh up the past. It’s fun times, it’s sad times, what we did during lock downs how the present situation has affected our family life. Reality says 2020 is a year that we will not forget in a hurry. Our history books will record it for future generations and the young of today will tell their family how grandparents coped with the situation. The text before was taken from Daniel 5 and makes us stop and look back at our lives, it certainly made king Belshazzar stop and look.

Looking back and weighing the past

When Belshazzar king of the Babylonians, one of the most powerful men in the world at that time looked back he saw a life of full of sin.

Belshazzar died in October 539 BC. Here was a man in the middle of a really wild party, in fact it was nothing less than an orgy. In the middle of the band playing, feasting and all the laughter Belshazzar was stopped in mid stream by the writing that came up on the wall informing him that he had been weighed in God’s Balances and found wanting. What did God weigh? It was his life and that sends thundering down to us today a warning that one day we too will be weighed in God’s balance. That night the king’s past had caught up with him, That very night Belshazzar, king was slain. Dan.5:30. We who are alive today can look back and still do something about it.

Looking at the present

The exciting thing about the present is that we have been handed back control. We are back in the NOW. Yet the NOW can be frightening when we don’t know how to handle it. It can be exciting when we consider the opportunities it presents to us. The prospect is that this virus will pass and we will get back to visiting our loves ones again. We are able to correct mistakes we made in the past. The sins of the past can be dealt with. In 2nd Cor. 5:17 we read, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” When we confess our sins and seek forgiveness through the Blood of Christ, God’s Son, they will be remembered no more. They are gone, scrapped, we have a clean sheet. Just like the potter when things go wrong with the clay, he just starts all over again and makes a new creation.

Looking to the future

What better advice can we get than that from King George 5th in his speech, “ I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’ and he replied ‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’

Let us put our lives into the Hands of God for 2021.