Sunday Preview

March 8, 2012

My sermon this Sunday is called “The Handwriting on the Wall,” from Daniel 5. This is a classic story about the hand of God writing a message on a wall during a decadent party hosted by Belshazzar, King of Babylon. Daniel was called in by Belshazzar to interpret the writing when none of the king’s advisors could understand the message. This story has given us a phrase that is part of our language today. The wisdom to read “the handwriting on the wall” is vital for every one of us.

As we grow in Christ, we are filled with the Spirit and wisdom so that we can help people who are perplexed by their problems. People without wisdom often make decisions that sink them deeper into trouble. They need wise counsel to accurately interpret their circumstances so they can make good choices. Should they wait patiently for their situation to change, or should they humble themselves and take a different approach? Is it time to show mercy, or is it time for tough love? The Lord can give us understanding in family dynamics, business situations and political affairs. We also need the gift of discernment so that we can tell the difference between truth and deception.

A discerning person looks at the handwriting on the international wall and says, “This world is facing stress and big challenges.” However, we know Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus overcame the world because his Father gave him wisdom and grace. We too can overcome the world because the Father gives us wisdom and grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s pray that God’s Spirit will release gifts of grace and wisdom as we worship together this weekend.

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