READ : Daniel 5:13-30
Daniel wouldn’t have made a very sensitive counselor, would he? He just tells it to the king like it is. He reminds him that the Most High God had rebuked Nebuchadnezzar for his arrogance by humbling him to eat grass like an ox.
Belshazzar must have known all of this. He went right on living as though it had never happened. After all, whose temple was lying in ruins? Who has been supreme over all the nations? Suddenly, a detached hand starts writing on the wall. A proud, roaring lion is reduced to a squeaking mouse.
Daniel, now an old man, interprets the handwriting, “The days of the Babylonian Empire are ended. You are a failure. The Medes and the Persians are taking over.”
Today we are told that Jesus and the Christian gospel are only one among many valid religious claims on our loyalty. It is good to be reminded here in Daniel that only one God is in charge.
There is only one God whom we can trust throughout history. Every kingdom and empire with their gods came crashing down. They will come crashing down. Our God reigns forever.
We can’t see you, Lord, but we can see what you have done. Humble us beneath your mighty hand, and keep us trusting alone in your Son, Jesus. In his name. Amen.