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; Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
Nobody likes to be singled out or left off the team. It’s only natural to want to be accepted by others. There are those that will go to extreme measures just to fit in. They might change their appearance, forsake what they enjoy, and are even willing to live a life that is a lie.
Why? To be accepted. Since some don’t want to be different, they do whatever is necessary to fit in.
But sometimes it’s good to be different. Daniel was different and that was okay.
When Belshazzar and the others defied the LORD by using the vessels of the Temple to drink unto their false gods, Daniel was nowhere to be found. He was missing. He was not part of the crowd.
Daniel did not partake in the worldly sensual feast that was thrown by the reckless and defiant king. He did not join hands with them in sin and did not encourage their ungodly behavior with his presence. Daniel was different, because he was in the right place at the right time.
The Babylonians and their king seemed to be only interested in gratifying their flesh. While the Medes and Persians prepared to takeover the city, the foolish people inside feasted, drank themselves full, and praised their false gods.
Daniel, on the other hand, lived a life that was pleasing to God and not self. When he entered the kingdom as a young man Daniel established himself as a man that relied upon the LORD. Through the years he continued to live for God, looking unto his beloved LORD when troubled and trusting in Him when tempted. Daniel was different, because he glorified the LORD instead of pleasing his flesh.
The inhabitants of Babylon believed that their city was unconquerable. To them, the thought of being overcome was impossible. Large walls and a deep moat surrounded the city, and the people saw no cause for concern. They were protected and prepared to outlast a siege. So certain they were of their safety the Babylonians celebrated with a grand feast. Their plan – enjoy life to the fullest because all is fine, or so they thought.
It seems that Daniel had been forgotten. At one time he was head of the wise men in Babylon and held the office of Prime Minister. Although the world had set Daniel aside, the LORD still had a plan for his life. Daniel remained faithful to God and waited for His direction. Daniel was different, because the LORD directed his steps.
The king’s frantic search for answers was a failure. Nobody was able to fulfill his request. The writing on the wall and it’s meaning eluded even Babylon’s brightest minds. In the banquet hall of the magnificent city of Babylon was a message from God that taunted the cowardly king. The writing remained a mystery and Belshazzar was beside himself.
When Daniel arrived everything changed. In walked a man with God’s power. Daniel read the writing, provided the meaning, and delivered a message that shocked the packed room. Babylon was finished. By morning, the kingdom would have a new ruler. Daniel succeeded where everyone else failed. Daniel was different, because of God’s power in his life.
As Daniel proved, it’s not so bad to be different after all. Don’t worry about fitting in or being accepted by the world. Glorify God with your life. If that makes you different, that’s okay.