Stop Spinning God's Message
So yesterday, we read that Daniel took Belshazzar out to the woodshed. But right now, Daniel will read the writing on the wall. And here's what that hand wrote:
"Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians." — Daniel 5:24-28
So the message is this. "Your life and your kingdom are toast."
And if you recall, Daniel had a much different demeanor when he approached Nebuchadnezzar with disturbing news. In this case, we don't see that. There isn't a lot of concern about telling Belshazzar this bad news. I think this is because Daniel is much more mature. He's been in this situation before, and he knows that it's not his job to come up with the message. It's not his message at all. It's God's. Daniel's responsibility is to deliver the message, not make it up or find some creative way to deliver it. He's not going to hold back from controversy. He's not going to soften it. He's not going to make it personal. He's not going to get in the middle. This is because he knows it's not between Belteshazzar and Belshazzar — two ordinary men. It's between a king and The King.
Fellas, as things heat up in our world and as culture becomes increasingly secularized, we need to do two things. First, we gotta make sure we are listening to God's truth and not somebody's spin on it. We must search for it, believe it, and adjust our life to it. Like Daniel has for 70 years, we must work out our salvation in challenging times. And second, when given a chance, we gotta make sure that we share God's truth with the world. And as we do, we need to ensure we are not spinning it, softening it, or straying from it. There are plenty of ministries, pastors, and people who do this; all they are doing is getting in the way of what God wants to do. And by the way, you don't want to get in his way.
So I want you to practice doing this today. Adjust your life to God's truth, and share it. If you practice it enough, God might use you to do something like Daniel did here. And God knows we need a few more Daniels in the world today. Men who are adjusted to his message and can be entrusted with his message.
ASK THIS: What adjustment do you need to make to God's truth and then share with the world?
DO THIS: Be a Daniel
PRAY THIS: God, allow me to speak your truth, not mine.
PLAY THIS: Love You With the Truth.
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