Reading in Daniel 5, Belshazzar was entertaining a large group of his leaders at a banquet. The mood of Belshazzar was of happiness and of a sense of security because the empire was so great and well protected. No one thought the Babylonian empire would ever be destroyed.
During the banquet, Belshazzar decided to use the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar had seized from the temple of God in Jerusalem. The celebratory group drank wine from the goblets and praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone as they drank.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp stand in the royal palace (v. 5). The occasion turned from one of happiness to one of fear. The king had his wise men come in to read the writing on the wall but they couldn’t. The queen remembered how Daniel had interpreted dreams so they contacted Daniel.
Daniel explained before his interpretation that Belshazzar had his priorities wrong. He had not humbled himself even though he should have learned from what happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar had the same arrogance and pride problem as Nebuchadnezzar. He had also turned from God and he had worshiped idols. Daniel then interpreted the writing on the wall saying in essence that Belshazzar would be killed and the kingdom would be taken over by Darius the Mede. That evening, what Daniel interpreted took place and Belshazzar was killed.
We can only feel a sense of security when we accept the grace of God. We know today that the writing is on the wall for all of us unless we accept Christ as Savior. The things of this world can easily be lost and are of little significance compared to the things of God therefore we should focus more on the things of God. The writing on the wall for Belshazzar was you’re done, you’re finished, and it’s all over.
Lord, as we live this day with you, we pray that we will do what you would want us to do and hope that some day we can see written on the wall “Well done my faithful servant”.