September 2, 2014
Part 1 . . .
“Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong” (Daniel 10:19).
In Daniel 10, we read: Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come (Daniel 10:12-13).
There are several points of interest in these two verses that capture our attention. FIRST: Notice that once Daniel made a conscious decision to gain understanding and insight relative to the ways of the LORD, humbling himself before Him, Daniel’s words (prayers) were not only heard, but they also captured the attention of God such that He sent a heavenly envoy in response. Now, that is significant!
“But,” one might reply, “that was then. What about now?” Whereas God is the same today as He was yesterday and will betomorrow, why would He not do the same for any who respond, as Daniel did? So, if we have, never, experienced such visitations, is it because we have, never, truly humbled ourselves before the LORD when seeking Him. It is also possible that we have received such a visit but failed to recognize the nature of the one visiting us, perhaps, because we were blinded by our circumstances, emotions, lack of discernment, or sensitivity.
Have you, ever, had an experience in which a total stranger suddenly dropped in out of nowhere, just in time to be of assistance to you, after which, you, never, saw or heard from him/her again? Could it be he/she was a messenger from the LORD?
In truth, God continues to intervene in the affairs of men, for their good and not their harm, for those who follow Jesus. Unfortunately, more often than not, many of us who claim to follow Him do not, can not, or will not recognize it because we’ve conformed to the world’s way of thinking. We dodge bullets all the time. For example, we narrowly escape being T-boned by a car running a red light. we call it coincidence, or luck. If we believe that Jesus is Lord and that God has all things under His control at all times, there is no such thing as coincidence or luck for a believer in Jesus. We need to remove such language from our vocabulary and begin to think in Kingdom terms, not worldly viewpoints. Who is to say that God did not steer that car away from us?
If Daniel had not prepared himself, would he have recognized God’s messenger for who he was? Likely not! He probably would have seen and dismissed the experience as a fanciful dream, attributing it to an overactive imagination, like many of us do.
SECOND: Implied in these verses is that Satan did not want Daniel to receive God’s messenger, which is why he sent one of his own to intercept the LORD’s envoy. Why? Consider this. He (Satan) did not want Daniel to have knowledge of the end times, just as he doesn’t want us to know. Why? Satan uses fear to control and manipulate our thinking, living, and being, thereby opening the door for him to snatch our soul. But knowledge and understanding help to eliminate fear, thereby enabling us to solidify our faith in the unseen as it relates to the Kingdom of God.
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