Good morning! I hope you have been well. I apologize in advance for not touching base with you in the last few days. I have been in a mini season of preparation for book number 2, mainly designing the cover and editing the guts. Those two things are no small feat, but I am enjoying myself and getting excited. It cant get done quick enough for me.
I wanted to follow up on the last devotional I sent out a few days ago on what I shared from Beth Moore’s study of the book of Daniel, mainly Chapter 5. Recall with me that we talked about Belshazzar toasting his gods with the holy cups that had been stolen from the temple. If you recall, Belshazzar died that same night. If you haven’t had a chance to read the chapter I encourage you to do so. It is exciting stuff!
Let’s pick up from here shall we?
“The fifth chapter of Daniel taken alone might suggest that Belshazzar and the Babylonians were the only ones to blame for the unholy use of the holy vessels. But lets remember that the idolatry of the Israelites and their low regard for the temple and its furnishings opened the door for captivity. God promised vengeance to Babylon for their mistreatment of His people, but His people were not innocent. They had developed a high regard for the Canaanite world that surrounded them, deciding it had more to offer than their God. A high regard for the things of this world always signals a lowering regard of God. The Israelites had ceased regarding the holy as holy. The same thing can happen to us. When we have a low regard for what God has called holy (Himself foremost, followed by what belongs to Him), we open the door for captivity.”
Have you opened that door in your own life? Have you or are you regarding the things of this world more holy than God himself? Are you lowering your standard to meet the world definition of living?
This is a fast paced world we live in and we might want to pay more attention to what God regards as holy than what the world says is holy.
We’ll look at more on this subject later. In the meantime, will you pray with me?
Father, there are so many things getting our attention in the world we live in. Father we don’t want to be like the Israelites who back then lost regard for the holy, who lost regard for you. Help us to discern the difference in today’s society. Lord this present day doesn’t paint a picture of following you. Instead it tempts us to move away from you and your word, to move away from what you have considered holy. It begs us to leave you out all together. May we stand strong in what we believe to be true. In Jesus name, Amen.
In His Service