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Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Daniel Ch5 v27

Found Wanting
In the middle of the18th Century, government officials erected a statue depicting the figure of Justice above the lower gateway of Dublin Castle. The residents of Dublin were outraged, because the figure had her back towards the city. Their outrage turned to amusement after the next shower of rain – an error in the design of the statue meant that rainwater collected in one of the pans, causing the scales of justice to become unbalanced

The unbalanced scales remind us that human justice is often unrighteous. Despite the best efforts of men, the guilty go free, and the innocent are condemned. What a contrast there is with Divine justice. Unlike us, God is all knowing, and perfectly just, and His judgements are ‘true and righteous altogether.’ Psalm 19:9
The Bible tells us about a man who experienced the justice of God. King Belshazzar was the ruler over the Babylonian Empire. He was the greatest world leader of his day. It was right at the height of his power that his world was shattered. One night, Belshazzar received a solemn message from – ‘thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.’ Daniel 5 God had assessed Belshazzar, and Belshazzar had fallen short.

Have you ever wondered what God’s assessment of you would be? His eye is always on you, he knows everything you do – your ‘down-sitting and up-rising’ – and even the hairs of your head are numbered. Psalm 139:2, Luke 12:7 How do you weigh in God’s scales?

Maybe you feel that you are likely to pass the test. You do your best, you don’t hurt anyone, and perhaps you are religious. Many of us feel that we will be alright if our good works outweigh our misdemeanours, and make God’s scales balance.

This is wishful thinking that has no support from the Bible. God’s Word makes it clear that ‘all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ Romans 3:23 The vital fact that we are sinners outweighs any good that we can do. Indeed, the Bible tells us that, because of the uncleanness of our sin, the best that we can do is ‘as filthy rags.’ Isaiah 64:6 There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that we can do to balance God’s scales.

In light of this, we might ask this great question – ‘How then can a man be justified with God?’ Job 25:4 Paul answers it – ‘not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.’ Titus 3:5 We can be justified with God, found not wanting, because of His mercy towards us – mercy that we do not deserve.

We see this mercy at Calvary, where the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross. There, God ‘made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.’ 2 Corinthians 5:21 He bore the punishment for sin that righteousness demanded, and provided salvation. At Calvary, ‘mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.’ Psalm 85:10

How then can we be saved from the eternal punishment that our sin deserves? The Bible gives us a clear answer – ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.’ Ephesians 2:8-9 Salvation cannot be obtained on our own merits, or by our own works. It is enjoyed by accepting that Christ has done all that is needed, and by accepting Him as our Saviour.

‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and Thou SHALT be saved.’  Acts 16:31