Life Is Fragile

I take my next breath for granted. I also assume that I will be alive tomorrow. What I mean is there is any myriad of things that could happen to me. I could be killed in a head-on collision on my way home this afternoon. I could choke on a piece of vermicelli at lunch and die. Right now there could be a flesh-eating virus that has started to consume my body. Hey, it could happen! I assume I have another breath, another day or another year. But nothing is guaranteed. We tend to forget that life is very fragile.

Now, I don't want you to dress in a bio-suit bundled in bubblewrap because you're so afraid that something terrible is going to happen to you. However, if you have ever thought to yourself, "I don't know if I'm going to be here tomorrow. I'd better get my life straight with God." Then what I would tell you is, do it now. Don't hesitate. You don't know if you have the next breath. You don't know if you have tomorrow. So get right with God now!

Belshazzar was a very arrogant person. He had seen his Grandfather go through the school of hard knocks before he finally understood that God was the only God, worthy of praise and worship. Belshazzar was so arrogant that he took the cups that were set aside for the sacred worship of God in the temple. He used them to toast pagan gods made of metal, wood and stone. When he did this a hand appeared and wrote "Mene, mene, tekel, parsin" on the wall. Nobody understood what the words meant, so they called for a man named Daniel to translate. Daniel told Belshazzar that he has been weighed and measured and found to be lacking. Then Daniel said, "You have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!"

Everything I have, everything I enjoy, even the air I breathe belongs to God. He allows me to take my next breath. Seize the day. Get right with God today, because we don't know if we'll have tomorrow.

Daniel 5:23-30 "“For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! So God has sent this hand to write this message. This is the message that was written: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is what these words mean:

Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.

Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.

Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed."

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