The hand moved across the white plaster wall, the letters left behind glowed and arrested the attention. This was a message of doom. A liquidation sale. A calling to account. Belshazzar’s knees trembled and his heart fainted. And yet he had a choice. The words were clear, he was held to account for his treatment of God. What would he do? At this moment that God encountered and challenged, would Belshazzar yet repent and confess?
The story in Daniel 5 holds us spell bound. We image what it would be like to be confronted by the God of heaven with our mistakes. To see a hand move without an arm, to see words appear and burn into our minds our judgment, is frightening. And yet God’s call was redemptive. God reached out to Belshazzar elaborately and called for him to acknowledge Him.
The same happens in our lives. God will confront us with our sinfulness. Even point out where we put other gods in His place. All of these are pleas to acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. When you see God’s invitation, what will you do? Will you choose to bow in humility and confession? Will you choose to accept God’s judgement and leading? What will you do when you read the handwriting on the wall?