Daniel 5:23 Daniel said, "You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose power is your very breath, and to whom belong all your ways, you have not honored."
Yesterday we heard of a disembodied hand writing on the palace wall. Today, Daniel is called in to put to work his dream interpretation skills. He reminds King Belshazzar of his father Nebuchadnezzar's sins, and then pronounces judgment on King Belshazzar himself. The king dies that day.
We don't have to look far in our society to find people who praise the gods of luxury cars, designer clothes, and large-screen TVs. There might not be anything inherently wrong with these things, but they can easily take the place of God.
I suspect that, if we are honest with ourselves, there are times when we too have "praised the gods of silver and gold." We have poured our time, our energy, and our resources into material things, or into other things that don't truly matter. In the meantime, we have forgotten to give thanks and praise to God from whom all blessings flow.
Perhaps things haven't changed much since Daniel's day.
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