Receiving Peace and Strength

The Word tells us that Daniel had been mourning for three weeks when he received the vision as explained in Daniel 10. Daniel was an older man at this point; around the age of eighty and had been fasting and praying for three weeks trying to determine the destiny of his people. He sees a man, very probably Christ while standing on the banks of the Tigris River. The men with him did not see the vision but terror overwhelmed them because of the supernatural presence. They were so afraid that they fled but Daniel stayed and received peace and strength.

Those with little faith go through life in little groups with small thoughts and few ideas, arrogantly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. But Daniel with much faith stood up even though weak and trembling (v. 10). He listened to the voice of God so he could share with others the big plans that God had in store for the future.

The man in Daniel’s presence had a body like chrysolite, a face like lightning, eyes like flaming torches, arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and a voice like the sound of the multitude. He told Daniel to not be afraid; his prayers had been heard because he had set his mind to gain understanding and humbled himself before God. The man told Daniel that He had come in response to his prayer.

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Daniel received strength and peace when the man, very probably Christ touched him and spoke to him with encouragement (v 19). When our lives are broken, God can take the pieces and put them back together to make something amazing. This day with God, every doubt or fear can be replaced with a deep abiding trust in Him.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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