Avoiding Big Fat Trouble

by Candy Arrington

Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king’s palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote, and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him. Daniel 5:5-6 NIV

My three-year-old grandson spent the day with me several weeks ago. Shortly after he arrived, he announced he would not be taking a nap that day.

“You’d better take a nap,” I said, “or I will be in big fat trouble with your mommy.”

He grinned in his charming way, and said, “Now I’m definitely not taking a nap, because I want to see you get into big fat trouble!”

Unlike my grandson, God doesn’t want us to get in trouble. In fact, he goes to great lengths to encourage us to follow his directives and live lives that keep us on the right path. God speaks to us by many means: through Scripture, in dreams, by the Holy Spirit, and through others, but often, we ignore his prompting, continuing actions that are ultimately to our detriment.

The Old Testament recounts many stories of kings who didn’t follow God’s instructions, doing only as they pleased. King Belshazzar was one of those kings. He had many advisors, including wizards, astrologers, and sorcerers, whom he relied upon to provide insights and interpret dreams. But when a disembodied hand appeared in his banquet hall, and wrote words on the wall, Belshazzar was terrified and none of his advisors could decipher the words or their meaning.

The queen remembered Daniel, a Hebrew captive, as a man of intelligence and wisdom. He summoned him to the banquet hall. Daniel’s translation of God’s words on the wall was not what the king wanted to hear, because it foretold his demise. Because Belshazzar dishonored God, he found himself in big fat trouble. That same night, Belshazzar lost his life.

God may not resort with this type of high drama with us, but sometimes it does take extra measures to get our attention. Often, we allow our own plans, and the words of unwise advisors, to prevent us from following God’s leadership. His plans and purposes for our lives are the best for us, but in our humanness, we frequently think our way is a better way.

How can we avoid finding ourselves in big fat trouble? Honor God. Seek him. Listen to him and obey his voice. Then, you will have no need to fear the future and will experience God’s blessings.

Be sure you obey all these instructions I’m giving you. Then things will always go well for you and your descendants because you will be doing what the LORD your God considers good and right. Deuteronomy 12:28 GW

This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles and devotionals on faith, personal growth, and moving through and beyond difficult life circumstances. Her books include: Life On Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books),  When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life (Harvest House), and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group). Candy is a native South Carolinian, who gains writing inspiration from historic architecture, vintage photographs, nature, and the application of Biblical principles to everyday life. Learn more about Candy at www.CandyArrington.com, where you can also read her blog, Forward Motion: Moving Beyond What Holds You Back.

Candy’s new book, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Wellprovides insights on learning from and growing through a time of waiting.

Join the conversation: How do you avoid Big Fat Trouble?

2 thoughts on “Avoiding Big Fat Trouble

  1. The interaction with your grandson is so charming! And I love your explanation of big fat trouble.
    Thanks, Fran Sandin


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