So in Daniel 11, Daniel has a vision. It’s a vision about a man dressed in linen. When Daniel had this vision he was trying to understand the scriptures with his friends. But when this man appeared before him speaking in a cacophony of voices only Daniel could see him. His colleagues knew something had happened such that they went to hide but Daniel stayed.
Daniel had been fasting for 3 weeks. The man dressed in linen told Daniel that he had been delayed to come to him for 21 days. He told Daniel that he is here now, he should have no fear for he had been sent as an answer to his prayers.
I want to have that capacity that Daniel, an 86 year old man had to keep trying to understand the words of God. This alone clearly shows that age should not be a barrier towards our faith. Daniel had devoted himself towards God and after 3 weeks of fasting and meditating on scriptures theLord appeared before him as the man dressed in linen and told him not to be afraid, he is a “man specially chosen”.
I want that supernatural happening to come towards my way. I know I’m not like Daniel, I’m not always readying the Bible but instead I’m reading lyrics or something profitless. I do not mystify over scriptures and I really should. I feel powerless over things such as being broke when instead it’s the word of God that should bring me to my knees.
The angel said to him I’ve been delayed for 21 days. Similarly I believe that when we pray and our prayers “don’t get answered” there is a delay but a response will arrive eventually. Daniel fasted & waited for God to answer him & he was rewarded by this overwhelming vision of a majestic man.
So while I might not particularly be rewarded by a vision I would want to. I would want to feel Him. I know I haven’t reached a stage in my faith where that could happen but then again anything is possible, remember Saul?
I learned from this chapter that God really does answer our prayers *if we seek him*. I’ve learned that he will come to our help & he will give us strength when we shake at his power. So when our answers are delayed maybe its because the “Prince of Persia” doesn’t want our angel to reach us but he will.
I want to be a person of faith. But it’s so hard in the world I live in. It’s so hard to struggle between faith & temptation because you can’t please two masters yet they are always head to head. As well as that God said he will give us trials and these trials will bring us close to salvation if we stick by him. But then again I wonder why I’m facing these trials because I feel destined to fail. He said he will give us a way out of temptation but why bring it to us in the first place? What if I fail this test of faith? I always fail. And often I do get back up because he hasn’t with finished me yet & surely that’s not his plan for me right?! But it’s a scary world in my world. On one hand you want to be like Daniel and all the other great people in the Bible but on the other hand life as a mortal is telling you you’re missing out on this & that if you don’t choose us.
So I pray. I’m also praying that my answers will arrive before temptation becomes me. It’s hard picking wrong from right & being aware of it. If I could be Eve at her creation and not know sin..
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