Saturday, 30th July 2022: The past can be helpful!

Scripture Reading: Daniel 5:22
And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

Reflections: As king Belshazzar dined using the vessels of the Temple, a strange hand appeared and began writing on the wall. His knees wobbled all over. Daniel was, therefore, requested to interpret this writing. In his introductory statement, Daniel reminded the King of a past event he was expected to have learnt from but failed to do so. The incident was the seven years deposition of his late father, Nebuchadnezzar, from the throne by God and made to dwell with beasts in the bush and eat with them. This, according to Daniel, should have kept him humble in life and glued to the fear of God. Having refused to learn from this past, Belshazzar was going to die as indicated by the secret writing for eating and drinking with the vessels of the house of the Lord. Unlike Belshazzar, you cannot ignore past events if you want to stay on top. The past can be helpful!

Prayer: Oh Lord, help me appreciate how past events can guide me.

Confession: I will not repeat the mistakes of the past. Past events will guide me.