Daily Devotion for November 15, 2016
'a certain man'
Daniel 10:2-12 NAS
In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding...and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
This Daniel passage always takes my breath away...because I can imagine standing before “a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz” whose “body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.” Upon seeing this “certain man,” I'm pretty sure I too would fall. I would probably collapse “with my face to the ground” because I too am an unworthy, weak, needy sinner—and I desperately need this “certain man”...Jesus Christ!
Folks, how desperately we need God's love, forgiveness, and mercy through His Son! Without His salvation, we cannot stand! We need to completely humble ourselves before this “certain man”—our Savior (as Daniel did). Specifically, we need to repent, set aside “self,” “set (our) hearts” on seeking and “understanding” our God, and “set (our) hearts” on living for Him...
Brothers and sisters: did you notice the Lord's wonderful response to Daniel's “humbling” of himself? First, He “touched” him! Then, He “set” him to his knees, gave him understanding, and commanded him to stand! Finally, he tells Daniel to “not be afraid...for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding...and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words...”
Heavenly Father, help us Believers remember who we stand before each day! May this “certain man” (our Jesus!) remind us to daily come before You humbly and not afraid! With repentant hearts, we set ourselves towards seeking and understanding and living for YOU. We “humble (ourselves) in” Your presence, Lord, so You “will exalt” us (James 4:10), so you will give us understanding, and so You will enable us to stand!
Please make our hearts increasingly tender and humbled toward Your Son, The Word, and Your Spirit, Father. Your Son's wonderful response to Daniel's humble heart and prayers is what we too desire to hear: “your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words!”
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