In Daniel 5, another pagan king, Belshazzar, reigned over Babylon, and in the midst of a lush banquet, he was confronted by the hand of God. Despite his knowledge of God’s power and dealings with Nebudchadnezzar, Belshazzar refused to humble himself before God’s throne, and it cost him his life. Alistair Begg reminds us that there is no refuge from God except the refuge found in God. Although all stand condemned in sin, Christ offers forgiveness and protection to those who humble themselves before His goodness and power.
Faith Under Fire
Many of us have heard the familiar stories of Daniel from childhood: brave, committed, and obedient, Daniel held to his convictions, interpreted dreams, and faced the lions’ den. But does our familiarity extend to the real hero of the story?
In this series examining Daniel’s faith under the fire of trial, Alistair Begg explains that at the heart of these familiar stories is a good and sovereign God who works powerfully for the good of His people and the glory of His Name. We can be encouraged that the same God who reigned over the events in Daniel’s time still sits on the throne today. It is His will to glorify Himself through His Son Jesus, and as we face trials in this world, we can find our comfort in Him.