Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10:12
Waiting for an answer can try a person’s patience sometimes. People make a phone call to a company and may sit on hold waiting to get an answer for an hour. Many will give up waiting for that answer and try to get an answer some other way.
In today’s society people want answers immediately in the Google fashion. They want to be able to type in a question and within seconds get a million possible answers.
Daniel had had a vision and wanted to know what it meant. He immediately began to fast and pray for an answer. On day 24 was when he got his answer from an angel. The process to give Daniel answer was started upon his first request.
Just as people desire an immediate answer in this world, believers often want immediate answers from God. There is a battle going on in the spiritual realm that God and His angels are fighting. As they are fighting this battle it may take some time to answer a prayer.
Daniel did not give up waiting on God for an answer. He did not seek out alternate sources for an answer, but only waited for God’s answer. Daniel also humbled himself and prayed for the answer.
Believers today need to be willing to humble themselves and begin praying and seeking God for answers in this life. As they do this, they must also wait for His answer. God will always answer, though it may not always be immediately. It will always be in His perfect timing.
You may be seeking an answer from God. Do not give up waiting for God to answer. Keep seeking and listening to His voice and waiting for His perfect answer in the perfect time.
There can be a thousand reasons why God does not answer immediately. Michael was detained by others to keep him from answering Daniel’s prayer. Others may be detaining the angel or one to answer your prayer.
Keep yourself humble and waiting upon God for His answer. Trust in God’s perfect timing and direction for everything in your life. God will never fail you. God will not ignore you when you are humble before Him and put Him first.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God to answer your questions of understanding; that you will wait patiently and humbly for God’s answer; and that God will give you full understanding.
We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6
Warnings, directions and guidance are given all the time by different people and for different situations. Some of these are to guide people in doing things better or in a safer manner. Other things are given as a warning to prevent problems from occurring.
Often the guidance given is ignored. People think that they can do it themselves with no guidance, can do it better, or are above needing help. They do not see the guidance as necessary and strive to do it alone in their own way. In doing so failure is often a result.
The nation of Israel was in captivity. This captivity was long prophesied about. It was a result of sin and refusing to listen to the warnings that had been given. Daniel is now confessing for his nation that they as a people did not listen to the warnings that had been given.
God is still in the business of given warnings and direction. He strives to guide everyone in the best way to live on this earth. He does not desire to bring about judgement or punishment upon anyone, but to pour out abundant life.
Men have been used by God to warn of how people in the church are living to please self and this world. God is patient, but there will come a time of judgement upon the lands and people because of sin and the refusal to listen and obey God.
Believers need to be willing to confess the sins of their nation and seek God’s mercy upon all people. Everyone is part of the guilt of a nation for refusing to obey and follow God. Confession must come so that God can forgive and heal.
Regardless of what nation you live in, there are sins that your nation has committed against God. Some of those sins you may have been a part of. Others you may not have been a part of, but had allowed because you did not fully obey God in being His witness every time He opened the door for you.
Confess your sins and those of your nation and this world. Seek God’s great love and mercy for your own life and for the lives of those around you. Begin to listen to what God is saying through His word and His prophets.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you and all people; that you will obey God’s word; that you will confess all sins to God; and that you will turn from all sin to God.