Daniel 4 to 6 Daniel, the righteous, served under several kings. With each, he had developed a relationship by which he could give them wise counsel. Kings Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Darius were given opportunities to renounce the gods of silver and gold.
Nebuchadnezzar was given a dream of what would happen if he did not. Daniel pleaded with him to renounce his ways but he conveniently put it off to another day, but God’s time table was right on schedule. He spent 7 yrs as a mad man until repented and acknowledged God.
To Belshazzar God sent a dramatic visual lesson. He was fearful and yet chose to ignore the warning. It happened just as Daniel said; that very night he was killed.
Darius listened to the voices of fools and regretted that a righteous man, Daniel, would be thrown to the lions because of his decision.
Nebuchadnezzar and Darius learned how gracious God is when they repented and gave glory to God.
Belshazzar? Well, like Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew or like the man who built barns to store up his wealth he found out God meant what He said. God called them all fools.
If God came to you and told you your days were numbered what would you do? God is gracious and waiting for you to repent.