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King Belshazzar & His Queen: Complement
Daniel 5:10 The queen entered the banquet hall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your face be pale.”
Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, held a feast for 1,000 of his nobles. During the feast, he saw a vision of handwriting on the wall. Literally, for Belshazzar, the handwriting was on the wall—and he became full of fear. Unfortunately for Belshazzar, neither he nor those with him could interpret the message being written on the wall. So he offered rich rewards for anyone who could interpret the message.
When faced with a difficult situation in life, who on earth do you turn to? For Belshazzar, his wife the queen stepped in at a time when none of his hired hands or trained interpreters could provide help. Instead, it was his wife who pointed the king to the prophet of God, Daniel, who had a history of being filled with the spirit of God and being able to interpret what no one else could.
It is a simple reminder that God has given husbands and wives to each other to complement one another. Similar to Belshazzar, sometimes we search throughout the land and spend great sums of money looking for someone to help us make sense of “life”, and many times the answer is within the husband or wife that God has provided.
Take a fresh look at the husband or wife that God has given you. Are the answers, solutions, help, and companionship already in what God has given you? As you look at the complementary role your spouse plays in your life, take time to reflect on your own complementary role in their life. Do you point them back to God as the king’s wife did?
Meditations for the Week:
– What are three ways your spouse complements (balances) you?
– Read, meditate on, and discuss Genesis 2:18–24.
– Even though the ways in which we are different sometimes drive me crazy, how do they make our marriage stronger?
So how about it EYM, how do you and your spouse complement each other?