The Handwriting on the Wall

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Daniel 5:1-9

They drank . . . and praised the gods of gold and silver . . . wood, and stone. (vv. 3-4)

Picture the scene—drunken revelers at Belshazzar’s feast looking for something to jeer at, saying, “Let’s make fun of the nations we have conquered and their gods, particularly those of that glorious temple at Jerusalem. Why not use their cups for our wine to praise our gods; after all, we won!” The seed of arrogant mockery is sown.

But remember what the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian church, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7, niv).

And for Babylon the time of reaping is very close.

But, so that there shall be no doubt that Babylon’s judgment was not just an accident of history, God makes it very clear beforehand, “Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster” (Daniel 5:5, niv). The handwriting is on the wall; Babylon is doomed.

Like the sacred dishes of gold and silver from the Temple, we too were made to honor and serve God. Everything we have is given to us as “Temple vessels” to be used to the praise of God. Check your life in detail to see how you are using the vessels you hold in trust from the Lord.


Lord, teach me to use all I have and am for your praise.