Daniel 5 is a powerful narrative on how important it is to learn from the mistakes of others.  So often we know what we should do and in the end just don’t do it.  Why is that?

King Nebuchadnezzar made many mistakes in the first few chapters of Daniel.  However, he seemed to finally understand who the True God was…Unfortunately; his son did not learn from his father’s mistakes and repeated them to his death.  Read the following passage:

“O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him (King Nebuchadnezzar). Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.

But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.”

Though he “knew all of this” he still set himself up against the Lord, who “holds in his hand your life and all your ways.”

The question today is what have you come to know about God?  How has a knowledge and relationship with Him impacted your life?  Have you humbled yourself under his leadership in your life?  Have you learned from yours and others mistakes?

Remember: He holds in his hands your life and all your ways…

Think about it…