I tweeted this earlier today. I thought I’d add some thoughts around those 140-ish characters here.
When I was reading Daniel 10 this stuff literally jumped off the page. I was struck how when we are willing to do something most people won’t ever understand (v.2 fast for three weeks), what happens after that is equally as remarkable.
Listen to what (v.7) says:
I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it,
but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves.
I get it. They had no idea what was going on, so they high-tailed it outta’ there when things got intense.
But dude!…even Daniel was scared. (v.8) He was alone, had no strength, was deathly pale and helpless.
So here is the big question of the day…
What makes one person stay (able to see the vision) and another person bail (only able to feel terror, not see the vision)?
It’s a verse 2 moment.
Daniel sacrificed and went without to get close to God, and God honored him by drawing closer to Daniel.
(v.7) never talks about the people with Daniel also fasting. It says “I” three times in that one verse.
If we don’t put in the time in a relationship we can’t expect to see anything come out of that relationship.
Read the rest of Chapter 10. Daniel was scared and weak. But God made him able to stand and be strong.
And just to offer a little reassurance, I love verse 12.
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
God heard Daniel way back on day one. It took a little longer to get to him than Daniel wanted I’m sure. God was fighting off the opposition.(v.13) Apparently Daniel was popular!
Anyone set on chasing after God’s best for their life will be popular too. To God of course, but also his adversary as he tries to stop you.
BUT HE HEARD HIM from day one! Remember that! He hears you from the moment you call on His name!
When we set our mind to know God and humble ourselves to do so?
God hears and responds.
It may not be the timing we think is best or want…
But it’s always right on time.
So wherever you are at today…filter your thoughts through this.
If you can’t hear God, make some intentional moves to create the space to do so.
If you feel like He hasn’t heard you, and you’ve been faithful to “set your mind” and humble yourself, hang on.
He’s coming. He has heard you!
Get ready to see some stuff others can’t when you are willing to do things others won’t.
And as some of my southern friends like to say…
“Holy Dang!” it will be amazing what you experience!