Today’s Reading - Daniel 5:1-12
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3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. 5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking. - Daniel 5:3-6
The handwriting was on the wall. And Daniel found himself one more time in a life or death situation of interpretation because the handwriting was on the wall, both literally and figuratively. If he is able to interpret the handwriting his life will be spared and he would possibly get a promotion. If not, Daniel knew the handwriting was on the wall. Death would follow. It may not be surprising this story in Daniel 5 is the origin of this common phrase used by many people every day. It would be safe to say many people use it and have no clue where it comes from. And if they did might never use it again. Once again Daniel was given one chance to get it right. This time by King Nebuchadnezzar’s son who had assumed the throne in Babylon. Daniel experienced a relationship with God that we don’t understand. He called on God when given one chance to get it right. We would rarely to never be in a position to have one chance to get things right. For that I am grateful. I would hope my faith is strong enough to trust God if in Daniel’s position. I would hope with confidence I could speak for God with authority as Daniel did. And yet we can. And do. We might never understand but it will be. Lean into God’s grace and if given one chance to get it right, step boldly and speak as Daniel spoke. It will be right.
Heavenly Father, we trust in you in all things and trust if we are ever in the position Daniel found himself once again we will walk and talk by faith as he did. Supernaturally give us wisdom to act with a great measure of faith in every situation we find ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Note: We hear no more of King Nebuchadnezzar. His last words align him with Yahweh. His son picks up the story out of alignment.