271. Don’t Fear the Writing on the Wall

Daniel 5:5-7 NKJV In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. (6) Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. (7) The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

When the fingers of a man’s hand appeared in the palace and began writing on the wall, the king knew it was bad. In fact, he was so scared that his knees began to knock together. John Gill’s exposition of the Entire Bible (E-Sword) tells us that in verse 6 when the joints of the king’s hips were loosened that this is a very nice way to say the king lost control of his bodily functions, wetting himself. WHAT?! Yes, according to John Gill, King Belshazzar was so scared he peed his pants.

Incontinence is certainly not a laughing matter, but it certainly can be a side-effect and symptom of extreme fear. I remember a couple of instances growing up where a scary prank took place that left someone with some wet pants and a lot of embarrassment. My heart still hurts for them thinking back on it. But the bottom line is God’s presence is only terrifying to His enemies. Now don’t get me wrong, God is AWESOME in the only true sense of the word and will cause even the most upright person you know to fall face down in reverence and a Holy fear. But He has called us to boldly enter His presence and into the PEACE and REST He has provided in Christ. The kind of AWE and Holy Fear we find in His immediate presence brings refreshing. Only those that don’t know Him are terrified and left drained of their strength and possibly with a pool of fluid on the floor.


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