TEKEL: Weighed in the balance and found wanting.

TEKEL: Weighed in the balance and found wanting.


In the book of Daniel 5, while king Belteshazzar was drinking with his wives and concubines, desecrating holy vessels dedicated to the Lord, he saw a hand appear and write some words on the wall: MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN.

Nobody could give an interpretation of these words, but the queen told the king about Daniel and he was brought before the king. The queen said there was a spirit of excellence in Daniel which made him understand and give solutions to complex, knotty, confusing, difficult issues.

Daniel interpreted the words to the king. What caught my attention is the second word: TEKEL. It means ‘you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.’ Because Belteshazzar was found wanting, his kingdom was taken away from him and given to another.

This text got me thinking about our relationship with the Lord. Belteshazzar was a king with great wealth and he had millions of people as subjects but God said he had been weighed and was found wanting. Apparently Daniel wasn’t referring to his wealth, possessions and power because Belteshazzar was powerful and wealthy. What was wanting in the king’s life was in his heart. Belteshazzar did not honour God, he had no regard for the sacred, holy things placed in his hands. God looked at his heart and saw that his heart was corrupted by pride and sin therefore he was found wanting.

Many of us think that our relationship with the Lord is okay because we have accumulated material things and are rich. We think our walk with the Lord is okay because we are doing well in our career, business and ministry but nothing could be further from the truth. Money and material things do not define or determine the state of our relationship with the Lord. We may be surrounded by extraordinary achievements but be lost in our relationship with the Lord. God weighs our hearts, not our bank accounts, not how many buildings, big businesses we have, not how many people attend our churches and ministries. In Revelations 3:17, the Lord rebuked the Laodecean church because it said it was rich and needed nothing but in reality was poor, wretched and naked.

It is the state of our hearts that determines our relationship with the Lord, not our achievements, material possessions and wealth. If you are weighed in the spiritual balances of the Lord will you pass the test or will you be found wanting?
Blessings.
Praise George. October, 2020

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