Daniel 5: God is In Control

Begin each devotional with a prayer that God would open the eyes of your understanding. 

Day 1

SCRIPTURE:

Daniel 5:1-12

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. The goblets that King Belshazzar and his party guests were drinking from were made for what purpose (2 Kings 24:13)? 

  2. While drinking from these goblets, to whom/what were the party guests giving praise and honor?

APPLICATION: 

  1. Belshazzar “set (himself) up against the Lord of heaven” (Daniel 5:23) by taking articles set aside for use in God’s temple and using them to toast other gods. How do people in our society openly show disrespect for God and the things of God?

  2. When you live in a society where holiness is no longer valued, there is a danger that we will grow numb to the sacred things of God. How can you protect your heart against this? 

PRAY: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.

Day 2

SCRIPTURE:

Daniel 5:13-23

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. Based on this passage, state in your own words why Belshazzar should have known better than to do what he did. 

  2. Paraphrase what Luke 12:47-48 says about this.

APPLICATION: 

  1. King Belshazzar had the advantage of hearing the stories of how God had dealt with Nebudchadnezzar. However, he did not learn from the lessons of his father, but instead insisted on his own way. Describe a time when your parents tried to warn you about something, but you chose your own way instead and it did not end well. 

  2. Write a short note to your future self about what you learned from this experience, and why you should consider it next time you are tempted to disobey. 

PRAY: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.

Day 3

SCRIPTURE:

Daniel 5:24-31

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. Review Daniel 4:27; Daniel 4:28-31; and Daniel 4:34. Compare Nebuchadnezzar’s discipline with the judgement of Belshazzar. 

  2. King Nebuchadnezzar was given the chance to repent of his pride, while King Belshazzar’s judgement was carried out immediately. We don’t know why God handled these two things differently. Thinking back to yesterday’s lesson, what is one possible explanation?

  3. History tells us that the people of Babylon opened the gates of the city to Belshazzar’s enemies and allowed or possibly even aided them in his assassination. With this in mind, what is another possible reason that God judged Belshazzar more harshly than Nebuchadnezzar?  

APPLICATION: 

  1. When the Lord prompts us to repent of sin that is in our lives, we do not know how long it will be before his mercy gives way to discipline. Was there a time when you knew that God was speaking to you about sin in your life, yet you persisted in your own way for a time?

  2. What finally led you to repentance? How could the scenario have been different if you would have been quicker to respond to the Holy Spirit?

PRAY: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.

Kim Catron