So glad for today’s reading to start out on a positive note, because God needs to keep reminding us that the darkness is not forever, and that one day it will turn into a glorious light.
I saw a human form, a son of man, arriving in a whirl of clouds. He came to The Old One and was presented to Him. He was given power to rule—All the glory of royalty. Everyone—race, color, and creed—had to serve him. His rule would be forever, never ending. His kingly rule would never be replaced. (Daniel 7: 13-14 MSG)
But unfortunately, the world, and especially I, am going to have to go through some stuff, to get to the point where Jesus is the ruler, now and forevermore! The visions Daniel saw shook him to his core, so can you imagine what it will be like to actually have to live through it. There are going to be leaders that rise up and who will be determined to make war with God’s holy people.
I watched as the ram charged: first west, then north, then south. No beast could stand up to him. He did just as he pleased, strutting as if he were king of the beasts.
While I was watching this, wondering what it all meant, I saw a billy goat with an immense horn in the middle of its forehead come up out of the west and fly across the whole country, not once touching the ground. The billy goat approached the double-horned ram that I had earlier seen standing at the gate and enraged, charged it viciously. I watched as, mad with rage, it charged the ram and hit it so hard that it broke off its two horns. The ram didn’t stand a chance against it. The billy goat knocked the ram to the ground and stomped all over it. Nothing could have saved the ram from the goat. (Daniel 8:4-7 MSG)
Then I overheard two Holy angels talking. One asked, “How long is what we see here going to last—the abolishing of daily worship, this devastating judgement against sin, the kicking around of God’s holy people and the Sanctuary?’
“The other answered, ‘Over the course of 2,300 sacrifices, evening and morning. Then the Sanctuary will be set right again.” Daniel 8:13-14 MSG)
And then he continued, “I want to tell you what is going to happen as the judgement days of wrath wind down, for there is going to be an end to all this. (Daniel 7:19 MSG)
The horns represent leaders and kingdoms. All battling to be the greatest among all. Killing and destroying whatever and whoever gets in the way. Daniel was obviously disturbed by his visions. He couldn’t make sense of it. It made him sick, but he kept it all to himself (7:28). What he did is the same that I, myself can do:
I, Daniel was meditating on the Scriptures that gave, according to the Word of God to the prophet Jeremiah, the number of years that Jerusalem had to lie in ruins, namely, seventy. I turned to the Master God, asking for an answer—praying earnestly, fasting from meals, wearing rough penitential burlap, and kneeling in the ashes. I poured out my heart, baring my soul to God, my God: (Daniel 9: 2-4a MSG)
Daniel believed compassion from God was our only hope! And he is right. I need to keep the scriptures in front of me and pour my heart out to God. Like Daniel, my answer may become part of a spiritual battle and be delayed (9:23), but God hears even the smallest voice, and He know the intention of every heart. He can calm in the middle of chaos!
“Then this humanlike figure touched me again and gave me strength. He said, ‘Don’t be afraid, friend. Peace. Everything is going to be all right. Take courage. Be strong.’
“Even as he spoke, courage surged up within me. I said, ‘Go ahead, let my master speak. You’ve given me courage.’ (Daniel 10:18-19 MSG)
If I look to God, as my one and only source, He can calm me on the inside, even when the outside is falling down all around me. He is truly a great reward to me, and has proven Himself faithful through many things, building my faith and trust greater and greater each time. He can do the same for anyone who gives Him the opportunity to show up in their lives! But to me, I can find comfort knowing that at the end of the destruction of many people, good and bad, that there is an end to it all, and that there is a Kingly rule that will never be replaced.
Father God, like Daniel, I thank you that you hear my prayers, I thank you for your forgiveness! Please look at what is going on around me and in this world and do something. Please do not delay! There are so many that need to be lifted up out of their troubles! It is more than my mind can comprehend. Only you can come to our rescue! I trust you, and I am looking to you to bring the change that all these hearts need, including mine. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!