In The Balances
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
The Bible is a book filled with the knowledge and wisdom of God. God gives us His knowledge so we can know what He expects of us. God gives us His wisdom so we can know how to operate our life to be pleasing in His sight. He also gives us revelation. Through His Word, God reveals things He will bring upon the earth. God's Word also reveals the hidden mysteries from the beginning of time as to what God is going to do with His people.
We have an example in the Bible of a man who did not heed God's knowledge, wisdom, or revelation. This man was Belchazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. Belchazzar ordered a party for all the heads of his government. He called for all the gold and silver vessels Nebuchadnezzar had brought from the temple of God when he destroyed Jerusalem. Belchazzar was going to serve his guests wine in these vessels. In doing so, Belchazzar used the vessels intended for use in God's temple to be used as fleshly vessels of gold and silver. They openly and defiantly made a mockery of all those things that had been dedicated to God for His service.
Because of these acts, God sent part of a man's hand, and graphically wrote on the wall: "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin". This was a direct message to Belchazzar.
The word Mene means "God has numbered thy kingdom and finished it", Daniel 5:26.. In fulfillment of this proclamation, that night Darius the Mede captured Babylon, and Belchazzar was killed.
The word Tekal means "thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting", Daniel 5:27.
The word Peres is the same word as Upharsin and means "thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." Daniel 8:28.
The name Belchazzar means "the lord of destruction has straitened". God informed Belchazzar he had been weighed in the balances and was found wanting. Today God is weighing each member of his body in the balances. The Lord of destruction will bring straitening in the lives of those who are found wanting.
We do not use balances any more for weighing objects, we now use scales. The way the balances worked was you put a weight on one side of the balance, and equal weight was added on the other side, until the balances weighed equal. If balances do not balance equally, then they are said to be "out of balance".
When our lives are not in balance with the things God has given us in His Word, then our lives, too, are out of balance. If God's righteousness was on one side of the scale and our righteousness in Christ was on the other side, would the scale balance, or would our self-righteousness out weigh God's righteousness in our lives? If we weighed our knowledge of His glorious Word against our knowledge of worldly things would the scales balance, or would our worldly knowledge outweigh our knowledge of God? If our willingness to serve God was weighed against our desire to serve self, would the scales balance, or would our desire to serve self tip the balance in favor of self instead of God. If our bank account was weighed against the treasures we have laid up in heaven, which way would the scales be tipped?
If our lives were weighed in God's balances today could the Lord speak to us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant", or would He have to say to us, "You have been weighed in My balances and have been found wanting"? Would He say, "I have numbered your kingdom and finished it?" Would He say, "Thy kingdom is divided between your desire to serve and please self more then it is to serve and please Me?"
Is the Lord of destruction going to have to straighten your walk in the judgment He is going to bring upon all unrighteousness? This judgment is called the Wrath of God.
We need to consider the lives of four men who were weighed in the balances and found wanting. These men are Nebuchadnezzar, Jacob, Isaiah, and Paul. The Lord of destruction had to straiten each one of these men's lives. When these four men were weighed in the balances and found wanting, they changed.
When Daniel was called to interpret the handwriting on the wall, he informed Belchazzar of the experience his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar had when he was weighed in God's balances and found wanting:
"O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whosoever he will." Daniel 5:18-21
Daniel reminded Belchazzar, God had given his grandfather freehand to do as he would. But when his heart (mind) was lifted up and hardened with pride, God gave him the mind of a beast, and he made his dwelling with the wild asses. Spiritually speaking, the wild asses are those who are under no ones authority. They go where they want. They do as they please. Their pride has hardened their heart until they digress to the mind of a beast. Nebuchadnezzar was deposed from his kingdom, "till he knew the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men". Daniel continued to speak to Belshazzar:
"And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;" Daniel 5:22
Belshazzar knew what God did to his grandfather, yet he allowed himself to fall into the same trap his grandfather had fallen into. Pride had hardened his heart. This is the same condition most Christians have fallen into. They will no longer humble themselves in the sight of the Lord. Their pride, their independence, and their complete lack of knowledge of God's desire in their lives has caused them to become wild asses in the sight of God.
Nebuchadnezzar was given a beast mind and put out to pasture until he learned the power and authority of God in his life. Nebuchadnezzar was weighed in the balances and found wanting, but Nebuchadnezzar changed his heart before God. After his lesson was learned and his kingdom was restored, he proclaimed:
"Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." Daniel 4:37
Today God is ready to dethrone many who need to learn the same lesson Nebuchadnezzar had to learn. Unfortunately even though Belchazzar knew and understood the fate of his grandfather, he did not learn. Daniel related to Belchazzar:
"But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified." Daniel 5:23
Today man is still making gold, silver, brass, wood and stone his gods. Man has made these gods by the works of his own hands. Daniel informed Belshazzar that he was not glorifying the God who held his next breath in his hand. Belchazzar's wild ass nature not only cost him his kingdom, it cost him his life.
Today many who are called by Christ's name are about to lose their kingdom because their lives do not glorify their Saviour, Christ Jesus our Lord. These are being weighed in God's balances and found wanting. Many need to learn the lesson Nebuchadnezzar had to learn, and repent. They need to learn the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men. They can learn and live, or they can be as Belshazzar and continue to desecrate the vessels of God, and lose their kingdom and their lives.
The next man who was weighed in the balances and found wanting was Jacob. Jacob's name means "supplanter, or one who takes the place of another". Jacob was the younger brother of Esau, the son of Isaac. Jacob had bought Esau's birthright for a bowl of beans. Then through deception, he stole his brother Esau's blessing from Isaac.
At this time Jacob fled from his brother's wrath. Jacob fled to his Uncle Labon's house where he worked seven years for Rachel, whom he loved very much. But instead of Rachel, Laban gave him Leah. Laban had deceived Jacob. Jacob was now reaping the deception he had sown. Jacob was to labor for another seven years for Rachel. After many years of labor and eleven children, the Lord directed Jacob to return to his father's house. As Jacob journeyed, he came to the place called "Peniel". The word Peniel means "turn ye to God".
"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day." Genesis 32:24
Jacob had his father's birthright and his blessing, but he needed something more from God. One of the first steps in growing in God is recognizing our need in God. Today in the church, we have many who have settled for their birthright in God, never going any further than salvation. Then there are those who are content with their blessing in God, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But there must be those who recognize, as Jacob did, a further need in their life. Once we recognize our need, we must be willing to wrestle with God until we receive it. Jude spoke of our wrestling with God to get what we desire:
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude, verse 3
The phrase earnestly contend means "to fight, strive, and labor fervently; to struggle with difficulty". When many today ask God for forgiveness of their sin, they believe they are home free. They believe all they need to do is to hang on or do good. Then there are those who receive God's blessing, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and are willing to settle for this. They operate in some of the gifts and believe they have arrived. They truly believe they have all God has to offer, yet they do not display the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Their lives do not display the love of God, they have little joy , and no peace. When trouble comes, they blame satan for their suffering, instead of realizing God is trying to develop the fruit of longsuffering in their lives.
As for gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance, lowliness, righteousness, and patience; they all seem to be lacking in some degree. These have a need, but fail to recognize their need before their God. Their pride will not allow them to humble themselves to wrestle with God for all He has for them.
But God is looking for a people who, like Jacob, are not willing to settle for their birthright and blessing, but will contend (wrestle) with God to attain to the high calling of Christ Jesus in their life. When Jacob wrestled with God he was contending for the faith. He was not going to let go until he had received his desire from His God.
"And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him." Genesis 32:25
As Jacob wrestled with God, God touched the joint of his thigh and caused it to be out of joint. Jacob would walk with a limp from that day forward. Anytime we contend with God for the faith, He will change our walk. No longer will we be satisfied with things that please the flesh. Our only desire will be those things pleasing to our God. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul informed them of God's desire in their walk:
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
Those who have wrestled with God for the deeper things of their God, no longer lust for the things of the flesh. We cannot truly say we are walking in the Spirit until we have dealt with our lust of the flesh. Paul continued his admonition to the churches at Galatia:
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25
If we claim to be Spiritual, then our walk must display it. God had to cripple Jacob so he would never forget his encounter with God. Today many in the church are crippled. They are crippled in their mind because their thinking processes do not glorify God. They are crippled in their feet because their walk before God is not clean. They are crippled in their hands because their service before their God is lacking. They have no time for God, nor interest in the things of God.
Jacob wrestled with God until the dawning of the New Day.
"And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me." Genesis 32:26
Jacob desired more from God. He would not let go of God until he received a further blessing. If we too are to succeed, we must hold on until we receive what we are seeking from our God. Our fleshly desires must give way to our Spiritual need.
Jacob recognized his birthright and blessing was not enough. We too must realize our birthright and blessing is not enough. We need God to change our walk. Jacob could no longer walk in his own strength. He needed assistance. He had to learn to lean upon the Lord. He could no longer walk in pride, he had to use his staff for support. God has a way of humbling his people. When God humbles us, He will always change our walk. After God had touched Jacob's thigh, he asked him:
"And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. "And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:27-28
Jacob had overcome his old supplanting nature. He would no longer be called Jacob, but Israel. The name Israel means "prince of God". A prince is the son of a king. Jacob had become a son of God. Today many are claiming to be sons of God. Many of these have not wrestled with God, nor have they changed their walk. They still walk in pride and lust after the things of this life.
God informed Israel he had power with God and with men. Israel had prevailed. The word prevailed means "to be victorious, to overcome". The sons of God are the overcomers in God's Kingdom. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
Only the overcomers will inherit. Only the overcomers will become God's sons. Only His sons will become His holy nation Israel, His royal priesthood, and His peculiar people. When Jacob wrestled with God, he was weighed in the balances, and found wanting. But by his persistence he became an overcomer and received his eternal blessing from God.
"And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." Genesis 32:30
We must all come to our Peniel if we are to be overcomers, and become inheritors of God's eternal Kingdom. When we come to our Peniel we, too, must wrestle with God until we prevail. Only then will our lives be preserved because we will have seen God face to face, and we will live in His sight.
Isaiah was another man who came face to face with God and was weighed in the balances and found wanting.
"In the year that King Ussiah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple." Isaiah 6:1
Isaiah was caught up in the Spirit to see the throne of God. He saw the Lord sitting upon His throne and saw the seraphim ministering before God. When Isaiah saw God's glory and majesty, he cried out:
". . .Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." Isaiah 6:5
Isaiah had been a prophet a number of years before he had this experience. When he saw God in all His majesty and glory, Isaiah could only cry out, ". . . I am undone . . .". The word undone means "to come to the end." Isaiah had come to the end of himself, and his life was unraveled before his eyes.
Isaiah had been used mightily by God. The Holy Spirit worked in Isaiah's life, using him to speak His prophecies unto His people. Isaiah had a close, personal relationship with His God, but God was going to show Isaiah a new dimension of Himself. When Isaiah stood before God's throne, he realized what he had known of his God was nothing. He could only recognize his weak and beggarly condition. All Isaiah could declare was:
". . . I am a man of unclean lips. . .".
Isaiah realized first that he was only a man, one of God's creation. Then he recognized he had unclean lips. The words he spoke even as a prophet were not totally pure. Then he realized all the people around him were people of unclean lips. It became clear to Isaiah the problem with himself and the people around him was their mouths. Isaiah was being weighed in the balances, and God was pointing out his need. We are warned through the pen of Paul:
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29
We are not to let any corrupt communication come out of our mouths. The word corrupt means "rotten, putrified, unfit for use". Our words should bring glory to God and minister grace to the hearers. The apostle James spoke much about the mouth:
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." James 3:2
If we as Isaiah are to stand before the throne of God, we must learn to not only bridle our tongue, we must learn to bridle our whole body. The word bridle means "to hold in check, or to restrain". We must learn to restrain our whole body. One may ask, "How can we do this?" This is difficult because the flesh always wants to rise up to have pre-eminence.
God has provided a way. One of the fruits of the Spirit is "temperance". The word temperance means "self-control." We must learn to allow the Spirit to have pre-eminence over our flesh and fleshly appetites. We must allow the Spirit to take control of our tongue and our whole life. As James explains:
"But the tongue can no man tame; It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:8
No man is able to tame (restrain) his own tongue. We must submit our thoughts, our mouths, and our tongues unto the Spirit of God. Then the words we speak will be God's words, not tainted with the flesh. The Psalmist David declared:
"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Psalm 12:6
David knew what Isaiah was to discover. The words of the Lord are pure words. God's Word must be purified in the furnace of our earth. God's Word is purified when His words become fire in our bones. That fire will burn until God's Word becomes the reality of our life. Seven is God's perfect number, and His Word will burn until it is purified in our life. The all wise Solomon also made the following proclamation concerning God's Word:
"Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him." Proverbs 30:5a
Every word of God is pure, undefiled, untainted, and unadulterated. God's Word is a shield for all those who put their trust in Him. God's Word is the changing power in our lives. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, declared:
"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:" I Peter 3:10
If we are to succeed in our walk before our God, we must allow the Spirit to take hold of our tongue. We cannot speak evil of anything, and our tongue cannot be allowed to speak any guile. The word guile means "deceit". Deceit is the lowest form of lying. Deceit is when one says something in a way to mislead another. Others are made to believe we are saying one thing, when we mean something all together different. When Isaiah stood before God and heard His pure words, he realized his lips were unclean. He realized the words he spoke were not the pure Word of God. If God was to use him further, God would have to cleanse His mouth:
"Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lord, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." Isaiah 6:6-7
God not only cleansed Isaiah's mouth, He also caused Isaiah to turn aside from all iniquity, and purged him of all sin. When God does a work, He does a complete work. Isaiah was made whole.
The Seraphim took the live coal off the altar. The altar before the throne of God is the Altar of Incense. Incense is the symbol of our praise before God. When our lips are unclean, not only are our words unclean, our praise and worship before God is unclean also.
When Isaiah stood before the throne of God, he was weighed in God's balances and found wanting. Isaiah's need was pointed out, and Isaiah submitted himself to everything God had for him. In the presence of God he knew his lips had to be cleansed. He knew he had hidden iniquity and sin he had not dealt with. He also knew when God's work in his life was complete the words he spoke would be God's pure words.
Today many who stand in the pulpits need a Seraphim to drop a live coal on their mouths to have the words they speak to their congregations cleansed. God is raising up a people who can stand clean and whole before His throne. These are those who's words are pure words. Their praise is not tainted with the flesh, and their worship is from the heart. These do not desire to be seen of men, but to be recognized by the God of the whole universe. After Isaiah's mouth was cleansed, he proclaimed:
"I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8
God did send Isaiah. He used Isaiah more mightily than any of his other prophets. Isaiah prophesied more about the earth's coming Messiah than any other prophet. What God showed Isaiah about the end of the age, we are just now beginning to understand.
Isaiah's writings are broken down in sixty-six chapters. This is the number of books in God's glorious Word. Isaiah's writings are the center most part of the Bible. His writings are the heart of God's Word.
Yes, God weighed Isaiah in the balance and pointed out Isaiah's need, and a mighty work was done in Isaiah's life. It is no different today. God is preparing His people so when He has a job He needs to have done, He will have those who will step forward and say, "Send me!" Many do not realize being in the service of the Creator of the whole universe is the most honored position on the whole earth.
Those who desire to stand before the throne of God must recognize their need and submit their need before God, so they can be healed. When Isaiah recognized his need, he submitted to God's cleansing process. When his lips were cleansed he was ready for whatever God had for him to do. He could enthusiastically proclaim, "Here am I. Send me!"
God is raising up a people who have submitted their mouths to Him, those who speak no guile (no deception), only the pure Word of God. Isaiah suffered many things for the calling God had in his life. We, too, who are called into this last hour ministry will suffer many things, but our God is there to be our shield and our rearward. We have nothing to fear.
God is desiring to cleanse His army and equip them to stand. He has given us many examples of His great ones who have gone on before. All these did not receive the promise God has reserved for us.
The fourth man who was weighed in the balance and found wanting was the apostle Paul. Paul was a man who had a zeal to serve God. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, of the tribe of Benjamin. As touching the law, Paul was a Pharisee, Philippians 3:5. Paul had all the religious credentials a man could have. He stated he kept the law perfectly.
When Paul heard of those who followed Christ, he set out to destroy all those of this belief. When Stephen was stoned, Paul consented to his death. He had those who followed the teachings of Jesus whipped, stoned, and thrown into prison. In his zeal to serve God, Paul obtained warrants to arrest all those in Damascus who were believers in this new faith.
"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Acts 9:3-4
The light of God from the Spiritual realm shined about Paul. Paul was knocked to the earth by the power in this light. The voice asked Paul, "Why are you persecuting Me?" Paul, too, had met God face to face and was weighed in the balances and found wanting. The Lord Jesus did not ask to see Paul's religious credentials. He did not want to check his attendance record in the synagogue, nor did He want to see his giving records. All He wanted to know was why Paul was persecuting Him.
As we understand this statement, Christ only has one body, and when we come against His people, we are coming against the body of Christ. Paul was persecuting the body, and therefore persecuting Christ Himself. Paul was fulfilling the words of Jesus when He spoke to His disciples:
"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." John 16:2
In his rampage against God's people, Paul truly thought he was doing God's service. Today most religions feel they have the right to speak against all those who are not of their belief. Paul was proud of his religious affiliation. Paul stated he. . .
". . .profited in the Jew's religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers." Galatians 1:14
The word profited means "to increase, to make progress in the thing which one grows". Paul was probably the most religious person in Jerusalem. We need to realize religion will get no one into the Kingdom. Only those who have a personal relationship with the Father will stand before His throne. When Paul came face to face with the one true God all Paul could say was:
". . .Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Acts 9:5
All his life, Paul thought he was serving God. But when he met Jesus face to face he did not know who He was. Most who sit in the churches today do not know the Jesus they are supposed to be worshipping. They still worship the carpenter's son who walked the earth in His flesh. They do not know, nor do they recognize the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. They only know Him in the flesh as the Good Shepherd. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul explained our relationship to our risen Saviour:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
We are no longer to know Jesus after the flesh. We are to know Him after the Spirit. Paul had seen Jesus during His time of ministry on the earth, but when He met Him on the road to Damascus he fell flat on his face. He could not stand in the presence of the risen, glorified Christ Jesus.
When Paul met Jesus, and knew who He was, Jesus informed Paul: "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
The prick was a long pole with a sharp metal end used to drive oxen. When the ox driver wanted the ox to go to the right or to the left, he would stick the ox behind his jaw with the prick on his right or left side. When the ox driver did this the ox would kick, but would change directions. This was God's message to Paul. Paul's life was about to change directions. God was jabbing Paul with His prick. Paul could kick, but if he wanted to be pleasing to God, he would have to change His direction.
Paul was being weighed in the balances. Today God is trying to get His people to change directions: to change their religious attitudes, and begin to serve their God from a pure heart, not by trying to follow the precepts and doctrines of men. He wants His people to know His voice and be obedient to His voice. It is only by and through the Spirit that we can be pleasing to our God.
As God was speaking to Paul, he was face down, lieing in the middle of the road. Paul was an important fellow. He wanted to know who it was who put him on his face. In a kind, gentle, loving voice Jesus proclaimed: " I am Jesus whom you persecutest".
Paul had no idea he was not serving His God. After all he had the approval of his religious system. Did not the chief priest issue the warrants Paul was carrying? Did not the whole council give Paul their blessing? Did not the ten commandments say "Thou shall not have any other Gods before thee"? They refused to believe Jesus was the Son of God. So all those who were proclaiming Jesus was God had to be stopped. Paul believed he was God's instrument to perform this task.
Paul felt honored to serve His God. What Paul did not realize was that the God he worshipped was made flesh and dwelt among His creation. And the religion he followed had crucified the flesh their God dwelt in. Paul, like many today, had much to learn about God.
When Paul was weighed in the balances, he was laying face down in the dirt. Yes, Paul was found wanting in his relationship with God, but he was willing to hear the voice of His God.
"And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." Acts 9:6
Even though God had weighed Paul in the balance and Paul was found wanting, God did not reject Paul. He simply changed his direction. Paul had not only heard God's voice, Paul immediately became obedient to His voice. Paul's only question was, "What will you have me to do?" This is what God wants to hear from all of His people. Today many of God's people treat Him as their servant, instead of becoming a servant their Creator can depend on.
There were many more in the Bible who were weighed in the balances and found wanting. Job had to lose everything before He was ready to hear God's voice. Job's three friends could not help Job with their religious attitudes and religious rhetoric. Only Elihu, the Spirit-filled young man could point out the twelve things that were not pleasing in the sight of God in Job's life. When Job repented God was able to bless Job with a double portion of everything. Job, The End Time Son by G. Kirkpatrick
David, too, was weighed in the balance many times, and found wanting. When David was in the wilderness, fleeing from King Saul, twice he could have become King by his own hand. Twice he had Saul at the point of his sword. Yet, David repented and allowed God to have His way in his life.
David was weighed in the balance when he sinned with Bathsheba. At that time, Nathan the prophet pointed out David's sin, relating a story of two men who lived in the same city. One was rich, the other poor. The poor man had one ewe lamb whom he loved. The rich man had many flocks. But when a visitor came to the rich man's house, he killed the poor man's lamb. David protested, saying this man should repay fourfold. Nathan then proclaimed, "Thou art the man." Nathan continued, "The sword shall never pass from your house". David, was indeed, weighed in the balance and found wanting.
David had Uriah, Bathsheba's husband killed. David pronounced his own judgment when he told Nathan the man would repay fourfold. This murderous act cost David four of his sons. If David would have proclaimed the man would have to repay twentyfold, it would have cost David every son he had. David repented, but there was still a price to pay.
Another man who was weighed in the balance and found wanting was Peter. Peter would deny Jesus three times. When Jesus told Peter he would do this, Peter declared:
". . .Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples." Matthew 26:35
This action would break Peter's heart. When the priests questioned Jesus, Peter denied Jesus three times. Before the cock crowed. . .
". . .the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly." Luke 22:61-62
Peter was weighed in the balances and found wanting, but he repented and became one of God's great apostles.
All these men, and many more were weighed in God's balances and found wanting, but they repented. After their repentance, each of these men went on to become mighty men of God.
We need to ask ourselves, "Is this our desire?" Do we want to be recognized by man or by God? Am I willing to be weighed in God's balances, or would I rather go my own way, and do my own thing?
God did not choose us because we were perfect. He chose us so He could change us. God may be weighing you in His balances right now. What will be your reaction? Will it be Isaiah's reply, "Here am I. Send me!" Or will it be Paul's reply, "What will ye have me to do?" Or, perhaps it will be Jacob's reply, "I will not let you go until you bless me?" Will you be as Nebuchadnezzar who learned God's rules in the kingdom of men, or will you be as Belchazzar and lose your kingdom and your life.
Every person who will enter into God's Kingdom will be weighed in His balances. How will the balances be tipped when your life is weighed against the life of Christ? Jesus came as our example of the man God created in the garden. God will settle for nothing less.
If we are to enter into the Kingdom to rule and reign with Christ, then our life must balance out with His life or we will be found wanting. We need to hear the words Paul wrote to the Hebrews:
"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;" Hebrews 3:13-14
We are admonished to exhort one another daily. God is speaking through His Word to His people so we can be partakers of Christ. God has given us His Word to live by. When we live by His Word, then when we are weighed in God's balances we will not be found wanting because our life will not be out of balance with His life.
God's Word to His body is, "Repent, and be healed". Come out from among them, and be not partakers of His wrath. Our place in God's Kingdom is to stand in His presence. Our life is in His balances. We need to ask ourselves, "Is our life in balance or do we need to change?"
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