The scene was one of grandeur, revelry, rhythm and gaiety. The celebration flowed with thousands. King Belshazzar and his lords, wives, princes, and concubines were letting loose and having a good time at the great feast mentioned in Daniel 5.
It was an odd time though to hold a feast since Babylon was besieged by the Medians. Still, even with the enemies at the gates, the King Belshazzar so confident that his city could stand the siege, partied on.
The heavy drinking, the riotous partying and sensual gyrating took a turn toward sacrilege when Belshazzar made an order for the sacred vessels to be used as common drinking glasses by he and his guests. This disregard of sacred things was an act of disrespect for the things of God and God Himself.
They drank and danced on.
But God would not be mocked.
At the height of the blasphemous revelry, a hand appeared out of nowhere, writing a message on the wall above the candlesticks.
It was the hand of God writing Babylon’s judgement before the reckless crowd in flames.
Terror filled the room. The partying stopped. A sense of doom filled the atmosphere.
Belshazzar cried out to his astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers to interpret the writing on the wall. No one was able to understand the writing much less the message. Even when offered clothing, with scarlet and chains of gold, and posts of honour; not one of the king’s wise men was able to read the writing.
Our woman of the day, the King’s grandmother, knew of someone who was blessed and skilled to interpret the writing on the wall – Daniel.
Out of nowhere, the aged Queen, appeared with a wise message:
“Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
Although, the King’s grandmother, did not have the wisdom to interpret the writing on the wall, she was wise enough to know of someone who could. This was a woman who used her influence boldly, in a time of need. She was not a part of the celebration but she appeared in time to offer wise counsel that would meet the King’s request.
This is how we are to operate – according to the Spirit’s prompting and leading we are to share nuggets of wisdom to those who need it most. It does not matter time time we are brought on the scene by the Holy Spirit – after the chaos has taken place or before or while the riot ensues within that person’s life. If we are in a position to offer helpful words or actions, then let us do so.
Other times, we may not have the answers or be in a position to objectively and accurately interpret what is happening around us but we could always direct others to someone who knows the answers to the mysteries of the earth and secrets and concerns of our hearts – Jesus.
I liked that the Queen spoke with quiet confidence because of her deep respect for and confidence in the Spirit that led Daniel and the capabilities of his God. She knew from past encounters, that the God of Daniel could make sense of what did not make sense. And because of this, there was no need to be alarmed or afraid. It is this attitude that I want the Spirit of God to gift me with as I enter the new week – a quiet confidence in God’s ability, to not only work in my life but in the life of others.
And as much as the queen knew of a man in Belshazzar’s kingdom “who had the spirit of the holy gods in him”, she too had the Spirit of the Holy God within her. That Spirit led her to remember the forgotten Daniel.
That Spirit still leads us to the blind, on roads we do not know, and on paths we have never traveled and to people who are rough around the edges, but His light and guidance forever remains with us.
(C) 2017, Dentrecia Blanchette