March 30 – Devotion

Date: March 30

Scripture: Daniel 5:1-31

Humble Heart Toward God

The Book of Daniel concerns a period of exile for the Israelites. God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to surround Jerusalem and take some of the temple treasures and prisoners back to Babylon. Today’s story picks up in Daniel 5 with one of Nebuchadnezzar’s successors, Belshazzar, as ruler. Belshazzar holds a great feast for his guests and decides to use the sacred vessels taken from God’s temple as wine goblets. God’s response was immediate and delivered in dramatic fashion. Fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall. The color drained from Belshazzar’s face, and his body went limp.

Through Daniel’s interpretation, Belshazzar is told that he did not humble his heart to God even though he knew what had happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Because Belshazzar did not honor God, he was killed that night, and his kingdom given to Darius.

It is easy to think, “Well, that story is not relevant to me.” But Belshazzar was going about his everyday life as a king. What is relevant to us today? It is our daily lives and whether we live our lives in reverence to God. Recently, I attended a work-related training in San Antonio. On the last night, while I was setting a 6:30 AM alarm on my phone, I thought to myself that I was glad I had my cell phone alarm to wake me up. I had to wake up an hour earlier than before because I needed to pack and the workshop was starting earlier than usual on the last day. I didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my thoughts the words, “The alarm clock doesn’t wake you up; God wakes you up” came to me. I realized that I had put more importance on my alarm clock than on God.

In my everyday life, I wasn’t giving reverence to God. I repented and thanked God for his mercy, grace, and care for me. By the way, I didn’t hear my alarm the next morning because my cell phone ringer was on silent. God woke me up at exactly 6:30 AM. All I could do at that moment was to thank God for waking me up and for waking me up on time. Are we humble in our everyday lives? Do we go about our days without God, without seeking his advice? God controls the time and the season. My desire is to become more humble in my everyday life. Being humble is trusting God’s plan for your life. Trusting him doesn’t mean you are going to have a perfect life, but you will have a life lived according to God’s plan. 1 Peter 5:6 reads “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (ESV).

Prayer: Lord, it is my desire to honor you everyday and to be more humble in your presence as I go about my everyday life.

Prepared by: Naomi F. Campbell


2 Responses to “March 30 – Devotion”

  1. Bob Mohr says:

    Thank you!! This is a wonderful reminder for me and others as well. Starting today I will do a much better job of trusting God in all areas of my life. Blessings, Bob

  2. Debbie Keen says:

    I enjoyed the devotion you prepared for today, Naomi! We could all stand to be more humble before God. Thank you!

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