Writing on the Wall
By Pastor Steven Hynes Kakuma
Sometimes you can see the writing on the wall. Our future isn’t written on billboards. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was? As you are driving down the highway a sign lets you know what is coming in your future. That would be nice, but it’s not a reality. God chooses to get our attention in others ways. We see one such instance today in Daniel 5. King Belshazzar receives a message from God in a very abrupt way.
“Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.”
Could you imagine eating dinner one night and God starts writing on the wall? What destiny would God write? What would he warn you about? In Daniel, as King Belshazzar was eating dinner with his guests a hand mysteriously appears and starts to write in a language he doesn’t understand. The only one who could interpret is Daniel. What Daniel had to say wasn’t good, King Belshazzar’s life would be taken tonight!
What Would God Write on Your Wall?
Of course, King Belshazzar was a wicked person and he had the sacred vessels from Israel brought to celebrate the feast. This angered God and that night Babylon fell. The lesson here is that we need to live our life with the knowledge that God is watching what we do. For some that will produce sudden fear, for others it will provide comfort, for most, it won’t change anything. The question is that if God was to write something on your wall what would it be? Would it be “Well done thou good and faithful servant?” Would it be “Depart from me, I never knew you?” Maybe it would be “I’ve given you so much, I wish you would do more for me.” One day the writing will be on the wall, we will give an account of the life we lived.