Daniel 5:12 — “This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means” (NLT).
Dr. David Remedios once said, “A proposed problem without a potential solution is just a complaint.” Many people have a knack for pointing out problems, but they fail to offer any help in finding solutions. If you have ever been in any kind of leadership position, you have no doubt come across someone who acts like this. They tell you what needs to be fixed and how to do it, but they do not participate when it’s time for work to be done.
In Daniel 5, you can read the account of King Belshazzar and the writing on the wall. He was an unruly king. One day he asked for the gold and silver cups that had been taken from the house of God in Jerusalem. They were brought to him, and he and his nobles, wives, and concubines drank from them. They praised their many idols, and then a hand appeared and wrote something on the wall of the palace.
The king did not understand the writing, but he knew he had a problem. Scripture says that his face turned pale, his knees knocked together, and he collapsed. He was in trouble, and he needed help. He sent for the enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers, but none of them could interpret the writing. After all of the wise men came in, and no one came up with a solution, everyone quaked with fear. They needed a problem solver.
None of those men could tell the king anything other than the obvious: He had a problem on his hands. Enter Daniel. He was known for having the exceptional ability to solve difficult problems, and he explained the writing on the wall to the king.
Isn’t that how you want to be known? I want to challenge you today. Don’t just recognize problems; be a part of their solutions. The Holy Spirit will give you divine knowledge and understanding, just like He did Daniel. Be someone who is sought after for help.
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