Re:Verse passage – Daniel 5:1-31 (day four)
It is easy to see why Belshazzar might have thought it was a good idea to mock the God of the Hebrews. When one nation was conquered by another (Israel conquered by Babylon), it was commonly believed that the conquering nation’s god was more powerful than the other nation’s god. The concept that a powerful god would allow his people to lose was foreign to them. That a sovereign God would use another nation (pagan) to discipline His people and turn them back to Him just did not compute.
Have you ever heard the phrase or question, “Why would a loving God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Wrong question…it should be a ‘what’ question. “What is God doing or teaching me through His activity?” The Sovereign God uses the events of our lives to draw us close to Him. A relationship with the personal, sovereign God is a prerequisite to understanding the truth of our circumstances. Are we asking the right questions?