Your God still reigns
Posted: Monday, November 28
2 Peter 2:1-22
Verse of the day:
“Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘MENĒ, MENĒ, TEKĒL, UPHARSIN.’ (Daniel 5:25)
While the people of God were slaves in Babylon, King Belshazzar held a great feast and drank from the holy vessels taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. When suddenly, a disembodied hand spookily wrote in Aramaic a message on a wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPARSIN. Terrified, King Belshazzar called for his wise men, but they were unable to understand the significance of the message. The queen advised the King to send for the prophet Daniel, well-known for his wisdom.
Daniel reminded the King of what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar (his predecessor) when he became arrogant. Nebuchadnezzar was thrown down until he learned that God has sovereignty over the kingdom of men. Also the King became arrogant and God sent this hand to write a message of judgement. Then Daniel read the message and interpreted it: “the king will die for his arrogance.” That same night, King Belshazzar was assassinated when King Darius the Mede conquered Babylon. God was more powerful than the mightiest of kings.
Daniel reported to the People or God what transpired in the Court of the King in order to encourage them. You see, in those days, the people of God were suffering in Babylon. They thought that they ended up as slaves because their God was unable to defend them. (They conveniently forgot that it was due to their bad decisions that they were slaves in Babylon.) Thus, God used the arrogance of a pagan king to prove to His people that He is greater than Babylon and in control of everything.
Likewise, God is reminding you today that He is greater than any challenge, trial, trouble, or hardship you may be facing. Whether you are suffering the consequences of your bad decisions or not, God is reminding you that He is still your only way out. God is in control; trust Him. Whatever the circumstances, your God still reigns.