Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life. Daniel 5:23
In this verse, Daniel is in the middle of giving Belshazzar (the young and prideful king) a little lecture and history lesson about his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. He reminded him of how God caused the downfall and ruin of Nebuchadnezzar when he became prideful and points out that he is headed in the same direction because of his own pride. When we know better, when we know the truth, and still choose the path away from God it causes our destruction.
However, the reason I chose to have this verse as part of my 2017 Scripture challenge was really just for the last 19 words in this long verse.
. . . the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life. Daniel 5:23
This is one of my favorite descriptions of our Heavenly Father. We call Him many things: Counselor, King, Redeemer, Savior, Warrior, etc. but there is something about imaging God holding my breath in His hand and controlling the course of my life. It brings me to my knees in awe of His great power and love.
I wanted to read more about life-breath and found it right at the beginning in Genesis 2:7.
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
and then again when Jesus has risen from the dead and commissions the disciples. . .
After saying this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
and then again in Revelation when the witnesses are resurrected at Christ’s return.
But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them. Revelation 11:11
That’s our God!!! The breath of life is even woven into His written Word (the Bible) for us from start to finish. The hand of our Heavenly Father and Creator is in every detail, every breath and every moment of our lives. The One who loves, adores, and created each of us is in control. May we give thanks every day for His love and promises and keep our eyes on Him as we anticipate and trust His great plan with joy and courage.
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