The Writing On The Wall

In the same hour, the fingers of a man's hand came out and wrote near the lamp stand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace. The king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's face was changed in him, and his thoughts troubled him; and the joints of his thighs were loosened, and his knees struck one against another. Daniel 5:5 WEB

Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, threw a huge party for a thousand of his lords. He had the gold and silver vessels that were taken from the temple in Jerusalem by his father Nebuchadnezzar, brought out so that he and his friends could all drink from them. As they did, a hand appeared in the air and wrote a prophecy on the wall in a cryptic language. The king turned white, and his knees knocked together. He called all the wise men together to read the message, but they could not.

Then Daniel the Jewish exile was summoned, and he interpreted the writing. The writing meant: 'God has counted your kingdom and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales, and found wanting. Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.' The city was overrun that night and the king of the party was killed. Daniel lived, prospered, and was promoted under the new leadership.

There were two men in this story. There was a godless king who seemingly had everything, but lost it in a moment. The other was an exile who faithfully served God, and continued to prosper in all that he did, even when the kingdom changed hands.

Seek God now. Many will try and wait until the very last minute, but in this king's story, he was too late. God is long suffering, but there came a time when He shut the door of the ark Himself and those who were on the outside stayed out there (Genesis 7:16). There will again be a time when the door will be shut (Matthew 25:10). Don't wait until the writing is on the wall to begin a relationship with God. Choose Him now, for we are all one heartbeat from meeting Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your mercy and ask that You forgive me of the things that I have done wrong in my life. Wash me and I will be clean. Set me free and I will be free indeed. I choose You. Come into my heart and guide me from this day forth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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