You have likely heard the saying that "the handwriting is on the wall." It has a historic and biblical basis (Daniel 5).
The setting is a lavish, royal banquet held in October, 539 BC. Gold worship vessels, taken from the Jerusalem temple, were brought out and profanely used in this ungodly feast. Amidst the revelry, a shocking thing happened - "Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing." (Daniel 5.5)
A mysterious and somber message was written, which Daniel ultimately interpreted: " 'MENĒ, MENĒ, TEKĒL, UPHARSIN." This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENĒ'-God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 'TEKĒL'-you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 'PERĒS'-your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians." (Daniel 5.25-28)
What could be worse than being weighed in God's scales and found deficient? Even if we are not as vile and profane as this wicked king, the verdict would still be the same based on our own human merit: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3.23) God's scales would tip to our detriment. For that reason, we are immensely grateful that God's Son has "tipped the scale" in our favored direction: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6.23)
Every person will ultimately be weighed in God's scales. If you were placed on them today, which way would they tip? Is Jesus determining the outcome, or are you daring to be weighed on your own merit? "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8.1)
If your confidence is the He is weighing the balances for you, rejoice and gratefully live a God-pleasing lifestyle. If not, turn to Him in faith today. We'd love to talk with you about this most-important decision.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission