Wow, this phrase describes what I have seen to be one of the core fears of the human heart. I have faced this fear myself and during my time pastoring, counseling and coaching I have seen it play out in other people's hearts as well.
"And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. 24“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE,MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. 26This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numberedg the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27TEKEL, you have been weighedh in the balances and found wanting; 28PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Belshazzar was weighed in the scales and found wanting. That phrase just hits right at the core of humanity. Everyone struggling to get ahead, get noticed, be fulfilled, have value and be recognized. The phrase went right past the outer appearance and struck him in the hollow core of his heart. God stepped into the scene passed his palace guards and called him out for who he really was. A man of great success who was still weighed in God's scale and found to be wanting. Wanting of what? He was King and he had all the success! Yes, but in his success he was proud, self reliant and did not honor God. He was found wanting of humility and wanting of a heart that honored God.
The success and personal development driven person can easily follow Belshazzar's path. Rising to success and finding fulfillment in self without God.
Like a father or mother with their child God longs for a relationship. His intention is to enjoy our successes and victories with us. How sad that so many reject God's love and guidance. What will they say when they see Him and realize what they missed?
The cry of Paul's heart was to hear "well done good and faithful servant.". What a great contrast in legacy from Belshazzar. What a great discouragement to be weighed in the scales and found wanting.
Praise God that my scale was balanced when I turned to christ and to His work on the cross. My sin, pride and self reliance overruled by His sacrifice.
From that very moment my scale was balanced out. If now I am found wanting, it is for more of Him. It is to see more of His restoring work in the broken lives around me. It is a wanting for more of Him to be expressed through my life.