George Bernard Shaw, a famous writer, shares a story about himself in his early London days. He tells of an evening when he was present at a dinner party where the conversation turned to the existence of God. Most - if not all - were atheists or at least agnostics but Shaw, to prove that God did not exist, there and then invited God to strike him dead at the stroke of midnight.
With some satisfaction, he records that as midnight approached the other guests one by one all found a reason to leave the party leaving him alone at midnight. Perhaps they thought they might become ‘collateral damage’, if God did indeed strike him down. In the event, midnight passed without event. Of course, they need not have left. They were safe there or anywhere else – for the time being.
But the Bible does speak of a final accountability. A final judgement to come, at the end of our days, before the inescapable justice of God. Only God knows the number of days appointed for any life.
Psalm 90 says ‘So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.’ Even if we do not number our days, God will.
We’ve read what is written on Belshazzar’s wall, in chapter 5 (take another read to remind yourself), but consider this,
What is written on your wall?
How is your life weighed by God? Do we let God control every aspect of our life?
Will we see the written warning on our wall, and will we turn to Jesus for grace and forgiveness?
How does this chapter make you thankful for Jesus?
Well if you’re a Christian reading this, we can be reassured that Jesus wipes our boards clean. He takes away our sins and makes our hearts pure. Through Jesus are we welcomed into the kingdom of heaven freely, and like Daniel we can look forward to the day we meet our sovereign God.