UV 1713/10000 Problem Solving- God’s Way
There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Daniel 5 v 11
Daniel’s testimony was phenomenal. He was known as a person in whom the spirit of God dwelled. On account of that, he had understanding and wisdom beyond the ordinary bordering, the very wisdom of God Himself. He was known as an extraordinary problem solver, riddle cracker and mystery solver. He had a keen mind and insight. He was neither corrupt nor negligent. He could interpret dreams and decode the thoughts of God. The Holy Spirit illumined his mind and gave him gifts to interpret dreams and signs. When the Babylonian king Belshazzar saw a hand writing on the wall of the palace hall where he had thrown a great banquet, he was terrified by its import. His advisers could not read or interpret the writing on the wall.
Daniel explained the vision of the hand writing on the wall. The hand is the metaphor of the hand of God who holds all things and all people in His hands. The hand of God holds us and all our ways. As long as we are not proud, arrogant and boastful and honour Him above all and in all things, He holds and upholds us in His grace. When our ways do not align with His ways as described in His Word, He has the power to give us up. Then what was written about the destiny of the king Belshazzar would come true for us: If we do not fear God to number our days, God will number our days or limit our lives. We will be weighed in God’s scales and found wanting. Our minds and hearts will be divided. Belshazzar dishonoured God deliberately by having wine served in the consecrated vessels and goblets of gold seized by his father Nebuchadnezzar from the Jewish temple at Jerusalem. He knew how his father had been out of power for seven years and how he had been restored after he acknowledged the sovereignty of the Lord. Yet he was callous and mindless in being irreverent to the Lord. Soon after Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall, Belshazzar was assassinated and the dynasty ended.
The secret of Daniel was that he humbled himself daily at the feet of the Lord. He imbibed the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding from the indwelling Holy Spirit. He communicated regularly with the spirit of the Lord. He fasted and prayed to enquire of the Lord and to understand His will in all his ways. The Lord sent His angel to strengthen him, to guide and protect him. He did not set his heart or his eyes upon the material rewards and position that kings offered him in return for his extraordinary service. He attributed all the praise and glory to the Lord. He remained blemishless and above reproach in the eyes even of his enemies. He was respectful and loyal to his earthly masters. He had a high sense of his calling. He knew he served the King of Kings, the Lord of the universe and not a mere mortal or territorial king. He knew God to be One who is all powerful, faithful and able to help him solve every problem he faced and to extricate him with honour from every situation and predicament. We too need to exude a similar confidence. We should be the persons to be called in our generation, in our countries, in our organisations to solve exceptional problems in an extraordinary way.
Prateep V Philip