Wednesday: 27th November, 2019
Reference: Daniel 5:1-28
Daniel 5:6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
When one is doing something and in the middle of it comes to the realisation that ‘this isn’t right’, our entire body begins to respond to that thought process. One may begin to look around, start sweating, hear the heart thumping rapidly as though they were being chased. We see a rather extreme version of these events with King Belshazzar: his hip joints gave way and his knees knocked together- thus he fell to the ground in shock and fear.
It seems humans have an underlying mechanism that alerts us when we step into or are about to step into sin. Sensors are triggered and the alarm bells go off, those are meant to cause us to stop. It is very likely that when the King fell over, all drinking and feasting ceased- the finger in the wall had achieved its initial agenda, ’cause them to stop whatever they were doing’.
For us, we hardly have an external wonder, sign in the sky or writing on wall to alert us that we are sliding away- we only have a soft voice and a gentle tug at our hearts when this occurs. God, who is not just with, but in us uses an approach much different from that in the days of Daniel because he is closer to each one of us. The real question is: when He nudges, do we listen? When He draws our attention, do we step away?
Sweetheart, there is little time to stay in two minds. Oh that today you will listen to his voice, harden not your hearts.