Today we address the Bible account which made popular the phrase “the hand-writing on the wall.” One important point I emphasize (with emphasis) is the importance of discerning context when reading passages from the Bible. So to that end I stopped to consider what Daniel was undergoing before he was called into the banquet-hall to deal with the “hand-writing on the wall”. What was his state of mind? Well the truth is he was cast out of the intimate activities of the Royal Court. The new King (Belshazzar) did not think much of him, as evidenced by the fact that Daniel had to be summoned.
Do you ever feel you are living on the sidelines? That the world seems to be spinning along without you, while you seem to have lost relevance to it and to those around you? I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I wonder about my purpose in life; is my daily life somehow significant; does what I say and do really matter in the larger scheme of things?
Our study today probes into the feelings of isolation and powerlessness which attend times of loneliness and rejection. During the lesson I will draw from the experiences of Job to underscore the Bible-grounded viewpoint of people in desperate situations; the conclusion of it all is: You Matter!
Key Bible Verse
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.…And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…
It is vital to face the stark reality that you will occasionally feel isolated and cast out. But Bible-grounded teaching reveals that like Daniel you will find solace and gain spiritual perspective if you stop to review what God has done for you in the past. When we remember these things, we begin the journey back to meaning and significance.
Another learning is we must be responsible for own our own stuff – that we must routinely employ Bible-based tools for self-assessment to assure our walk is not cluttered with selfishness, that we are not living bull headed against the precepts and kind intentions of God.
Of course the video will tie this up more thoroughly. I trust you will take a moment to listen. In this age where self-blame and self-imposed personal isolation is rampant, the Word of God teaches that You Matter!!