Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Learning from Parental Mistakes

Daniel 5:18-24

18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
 22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

Learning from your parents mistakes.  King Belshazzar's father was a prideful man, thinking he created his kingdom and accepted all the glory.  But God, in his wisdom, showed King Nebuchadnezzar who really is in charge and the king finally acknowledged the Lord Most High.  King Belshazzar watched and saw, but did not learn from that.  Maybe it was the young and his sense of "it will never happen to me, I'm invincible!" Whatever it is, it seems that children take their parent's mistakes to the next level.  Not all of them.  Some do their best not to make the same mistakes.  
   When we are trying to help or correct Timm, he always asks me the question that drives me crazy..."How do you know?"  Seriously?  How do I know what will happen or what happened when I was in that situation?  Maybe because I'm older, wiser, more experienced and have been through it?  Some never learn, some have to go through it themselves no matter what.  I guess that is how God looks at us when we mess up.  I never seem to get certain things, even when I read the Bible and see what is to come or what the consequence will be.  Sometimes we never learn.  I pray today that I will break that pattern and do as my Heavenly Father asks.  

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