Today’s scripture selection: Daniel 7-12
Key verses: Daniel 12:8-9
Daniel was a faithful man – from the beginning to the end of his life.
Because of his unique God-given abilities to interpret dreams and other visions, he had a rich and full life, even while in captivity in another land.
But, toward the end of his life, he had a problem – one that many of us have now and then. He couldn’t help wondering one thing:
When? When would the amazing visions about powerful world kingdoms ultimately being overcome by God’s kingdom come true?
Were his visions just that – only visions – dreams – that would never come to fruition?
We can wonder than too.
We seek to be faithful – faithful to our calling; faithful to the God who calls us.
But there are those times when our “vision” of what we think is to be – seems like nothing more than a one night’s dream; quickly swept away in the light of day.
If you have ever felt that way – look at what God had to say to Daniel, now an old man, wondering what it had all been about:
“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of your days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
Daniel must have taken comfort in that during his “latter” days.
He had always been a visionary; always a dreamer. But not in the way we think of someone who wastes his life with useless day-dreaming. Daniel was privileged to see things most men never see and understand things most never dare to dream.
He didn’t see it all come to pass. He didn’t see what it all meant. But, in the end, God reassured him that his visions would come true – one day – in time.
Prayer: God of sacred history; God of all time and space; help me to be patient and trust that all is unfolding just as it should, even when I can’t see it. AMEN.