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For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise; he is more awesome than all gods. For all the gods of the nations are worthless, but the Lord made the sky. Majestic splendor emanates from him; his sanctuary is firmly established and beautiful.
We are reminded today that we serve the great and worthy God. Go forth today with joy and thanksgiving. Know that the Lord who made the heavens loves you and chose to call you His own. After all, only the Lord that made the heavens could prepare a place there for you - and He has done so. (John 14:2-3) Thank you Jesus!
The one who deals wisely in a matter will find success, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. The one who is wise in heart is called discerning, and kind speech increases persuasiveness. Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools. A wise person’s heart makes his speech wise and it adds persuasiveness to his words. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
There are 4 main themes in these proverbs: Trust, wisdom that brings understanding, the power of pleasant words, and the benefit of instruction. How do these truths apply to your life? Do you offer pleasant words? Does your heart guide the words that you speak, and do those words bring life?
“Yet even now,” the Lord says, “return to me with all your heart—with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your garments!” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and boundless in loyal love—often relenting from calamitous punishment.
Today is about returning to the Lord. In our Christian lives, we encounter seasons that test us, that teach us, and that sometimes break us so that we can be remade anew. The question is, “Do you need to return to the Lord today?” The “rending” of your heart (vs. 13) indicates a healthy state of brokenness. Experiencing this brokenness is your first step of return. Let the truth of this verse flood your heart and lead you back to the Lord.
“But you, his son Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, although you knew all this. Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control your very breath and all your ways!
The context of this verse is a King (Belshazzar) of Babylon encountering God through, “The writing on the wall.” A hand appeared and began writing unintelligible words on the wall while the King was using the treasures of God’s temple to throw a party. Here we see a strong warning to us about the worship of idols. Belshazzar was son of Nebuchadnezzar (a former king of Babylon who heard from God through Daniel on multiple occasions), thus was no stranger to the influence and power of God, or the person of Daniel. Don’t ignore God or keep idols. Worship the One who is Worthy.
The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Your breath belongs to God. When I read this verse, I think about how merciful God is that He continues to let us all live. I know we are saved by Christ, yet how long did God continue with Israel? Multiple generations at a time would turn away from Him, yet He continued to allow them to breathe. We cannot imagine the extent of God’s mercy – especially when considering our gift of eternal life through Christ alone. Every person on this earth is breathing because of God’s gift of life. Without the breath of God, we are only dust. It is God who made us, and He makes us who we truly are.