Learning From Other’s Mistakes

No matter how much we educate the youth about the dangers of drugs it seems that the dangers do not outweigh the appeal

Daniel 5:1-31

Reference: v.22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this.” (TNIV Bible)

Explore: We have a big drug problem in our country with our young people.  No matter how much we educate the youth about the dangers of drugs it seems that the dangers do not outweigh the appeal and peer pressure to be a part of that scene.  Schools have got on board to run drug and alcohol awareness programs, there are ads on the TV outlining the consequences of drug use and even our government sent educational pamphlets to every household to assist parents in talking to their children.  A young person would have to have had their head in the sand to not know the dangers of drug taking… and yet it continues to happen.

Application: Daniel was called to help the new king, Belshazzar, after he was not able to explain the writing on the wall – literally!  To explain to Belshazzar what he had done wrong he reminded him of the history of his predecessor.  Belshazzar had seen the downfall of the past king, he knew it well, and yet it seems that he was none the wiser and followed down a similar dangerous path.  Why is it that we don’t learn from other’s mistakes? Do we think ourselves better, more resilient, indestructible compared to others? It seems the young people in our country are the same as King Belshazzar – not willing to learn from other’s mistakes but taking the same dangerous path as those who have gone before.  May we be wise enough to recognise the folly in others and apply it to our own lives so that we save ourselves from being distant from God.

Prayer: Lord God, I make enough mistakes on my own.  May I heed the warning from others and strive to solely follow you. Amen.

Who have you learned from?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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