It is easy to think that God does not care about the trouble makers in the church (sheep and shepherds). I've been discouraged in the past when I've made the mistake of thinking that I see a problem that God hasn't figured out yet. And it is comforting to remember that God does see the issue and is willing to take action.
I was reminded of this this morning in my quiet time. I spent some time meditating on Daniel 5 and the story of Belshazzar.
Verses one through four gives the context for this powerful event. Belshazzar hosts a party with 4,000 of his lords. They use the golden cups and utensils from the Jewish Temple. It was an idolatrous party.
The whole scene changes in verse five when a finger appears and starts writing on the wall. Belshazzar is so afraid that he pees his pants and calls for the magicians to interpret the writing. But no one can understand what the writing means.
The queen introduces Daniel into the scene and Daniel is able to read the writing: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. Daniel also gave the interpretation. “This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” - (Daniel 5:26–28 NKJV) The story goes on to say; “That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain.” - (Daniel 5:30 NKJV)
I was struck by this incredible word to the king. God says; "I've measured your kingdom, and weighed it out."
This reminds me of what Jesus says in Revelation to the seven churches; "I know your works". Also, when John sees Jesus in Revelation 1 he is the one in the midst of the golden lamp stands. God is in the midst of the church. He is weighing it. And in Revelation 2-3 he goes so far as to make threats.
"I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." - Rev. 2:5
"I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." - Rev. 2:16
"I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds." - Rev. 2:22
As I read through this story in Daniel I was reminded of the comfort I have received from these threats in Revelation 2-3. There have been times where I thought ungodly men would go unchecked in life and in the church. Since my life is invested in ministry and I've experienced ungodly people in the church, it is comforting to remember that God spoke Revelation 2-3, and did Daniel 5. God is in the midst of his church. He is evaluating what is going on. And he cares enough to take appropriate action.