Message summary: One day we will shed these feeble bodies that are prone to sickness, weariness, aging and disease and we will rise in our glorified, immortal bodies to receive our fully allotted inheritance! What a day, glorious day that will be!
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, it is well
So many of our lives have been disrupted these last several weeks due to a tiny unseen virus. One news source describes the coronavirus like this: “A single, tiny unseen enemy, more powerful than all the armies in the world.” When living through uncertainty we especially want to know how it will all work out. Do you suppose we are the first generation to ever go through something like this? Our parents grew up during the Great Depression followed by World War 2 when they were in their early twenties. That was certainly a hard time full of uncertainties.
Notice that he made the purpose “in his heart”; it wasn’t just a passing thought. Daniel must have deeply contemplated his dilemma, considered the possible consequences, and firmly committed to his decision through fervent prayer. He demonstrates for all of us the great Biblical principle of separation. I urge you to continually learn God’s ways and, like Daniel, make a purpose or resolve in your heart to live according to His commands.
Over his long career of civil service Daniel distinguished himself while maintaining his faith and steadfast obedience to God. The first half of his book is an interesting narrative with such familiar stories as his three friends being cast into the fiery furnace and his own deliverance from the lion’s den. But the last six chapters have some of the most outstanding prophecy in the Bible. God reveals to Daniel events that would transpire over the next several thousand years and even beyond our own time.
At the conclusion Daniel expresses himself in a way in which many of us can identify, particularly when it comes to some of the more difficult prophetic portions of God’s Word. “I heard, but I did not understand.” I’ve sure been there. I’ve read a Scripture portion and wondered, “What does this mean and when will it happen?” And I also wonder this in regard to events in life like the coronavirus pandemic.
I’ve also experienced Daniel’s heartfelt appeal expressed in the question, “My lord*, what will the outcome of all this be?” Surely you have asked the same question. Many are asking that now. He wanted to know what God was going to do just like we do. But like us he didn’t get the answer in every detail he wanted. Some things just won’t be revealed “until the time of the end”.
And that’s true not only with prophecy, but in God’s personal dealings in our lives. Although we know that things will work out according to Romans 8:28, we so much want to know how and when. The answers to most of these questions are simply not provided. So why do we expend so much energy or allow ourselves to become anxiety ridden about those things which we can do nothing about. Yet we so often do!
We need to keep moving forward in the direction we feel God is leading and trust Him to provide the answers along the way. The apostle Paul, facing a time of great uncertainty said to the Ephesian elders, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me” (Acts 20:22,23).
Such is the life of faith! My friend, keep trusting today. The book of Daniel ends with this statement. “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance” (Daniel 12:13). Let us also receive this word today in our own lives. One day we will shed these feeble bodies that are prone to sickness, weariness, aging and disease and we will rise in our glorified, immortal bodies to receive our fully allotted inheritance! What a day, glorious day that will be!
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we don’t always know where our present steps will take us on life’s journey, but we do know they lead us to heaven as we walk with You. Our steps here may lead to steep mountains or deep valleys. Crooked paths and rough terrain may be part of the journey, but ultimately we will rest where the steps of Jesus end at heaven’s throne. There we will no longer have questions about our future, for we know that we will spend eternity forever worshiping You giving You glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving. Grant us peace and joy for our journey here below, amidst the sickness and suffering, as we anticipate our future eternal inheritance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
* “Lord” is in the small case in this particular Scripture reference because this message to Daniel came from an angel not deity.