Daniel and His God

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Daniel 5:10-23

“Call for Daniel, and he will tell you . . .” (v. 12, niv)

What do the people who know us see of God in our lives?

King Belshazzar’s banquet has been thrown into an uproar by the mysterious hand that has written on the wall. The queen-mother remembers the impact Daniel had in Nebuchadnezzar’s time. She sees something of the Spirit of God (or the gods, as she says) in Daniel, and she urges that he be called (vv. 10-12).

The king compliments Daniel and promises a lavish reward if he will interpret the writing (vv. 13-16). But Daniel wants none of it.

Daniel witnesses to “the most High God” – there are no others. He offers the court a history lesson, from the perspective of the one true, living God. This God gave King Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and glory, but when he became proud, God humbled Nebuchadnezzar until he acknowledged God’s supremacy (vv. 20-21). Daniel challenges Belshazzar, “But you his son . . . have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this . . . you did not honor . . . God” (vv. 22-23, niv).

See how carefully Daniel works his lesson out. They should have learned the truth from King Nebuchadnezzar’s case about “the God who holds in his hand all your life and ways” (v. 23, niv). And if that weren’t enough, they had only to look at – and listen to – Daniel.


Lord, make my life a bright outshining of your life, that all may see your power displayed in me.