Sunday we were in chapter 10 of Daniel. Daniel is pretty old at this point and has been a man who has lasted through several kings and difficulties. A true test of his faith in God, in a foreign land. For the remainder of the book of Daniel, we read about some of the prophetic dreams and their interpretations Daniel was given by God. These dreams were largely about the wickedness that was taking place, and foretold events that were still to come in his day, and will occur in the last days.
Daniel’s experience from chapter 10 is a prime example of how God does hear our prayers, sees us when we’re in sorrow, and acts on our behalf even when it may seem like He’s silent. Daniel was in such agonies he was face down on the ground until he is told in verse 11 to stand up so he can see for himself that God does indeed care for him and hears him. We’ve all experienced hurt in our lives. You may be enduring enormous pain right this moment. During those times it’s easy to feel like God doesn’t hear your prayers. You’ve probably asked, “Why God?” and felt like there was no response.
When you’re in those darkest of moments and feel all alone, stand up and realize that God does indeed care for you, love you, and hear your prayers even when you think He doesn’t. If you’ve humbled yourself before God and surrendered your entire life to Him just as Daniel did, then God sees you as He saw Daniel as being “precious.” You’re locked into a battle with your spiritual enemy, Satan, and that’s going to lead to times of pain and sorrow, but take heart and stand up when you fall. God is on your side and will never let go of His undying love for you.
More importantly, maybe you need to stand up to what’s going on around you. So many people today are caught up in their routines and busyness of life that they’ve become blinded to the world around them. Our hearts should break for what breaks the heart of God. We should mourn for the lost, the broken, the hurting, our nations, and our world.
Daniel saw things differently from what those around him saw, and his heart broke for the evil that was around him—and the devastation that was to come. If our hearts were more like Daniel, then we would be better positioned to take a stand to make a difference in this world for Christ.
Looking forward to wrapping up this series on Sunday as we see three other young men take a stand against the culture and be not afraid of the consequences.
Pastor Tim Lead Pastor
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene