Read Daniel 5:17-31
George Santayana wrote (The Life of Reason, 1905), “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“I’m going to make a lot of mistakes, but that won’t be one of them!” (Me, observing the foolish behavior of a family member)
Belshazzar knew what had happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Still, he arrogantly believed that he was immune to the judgment of The Most High God. He didn’t get a chance to repeat all of his ancestor’s past; he was simply, and quickly, condemned. Did his counselors and wise men try to warn him? Was this night “the final straw?”
In an election year, it’s important to carefully observe the candidates. Have they learned from their predecessors? Will they adhere to the definition of insanity - doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome? Making it more personal, what about me? What have I learned from Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar? Scripture tells me that the record of what happened was written for my instruction, that I might have hope. (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11) Even better, Jesus left me an example, so that I might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)
Join me. Let’s read what was written, observe, and learn from the very Best. Hope in Him does not disappoint. (Romans 5:5)
One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God. Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.