Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sealed Til The End

Focus verses: Daniel 12:5-13

Beginning in chapter ten, we see Daniel's last vision and the setting in which it occurs. The visions of Daniel have been the subject of much discussion. Prophecies and visions seem to fascinate us and call forth the desire to unravel them. Witness the popularity of the mystery genre in popular literature.

In verse eight, Daniel asks the meaning of the vision. But the angel tells him that the "words are sealed until the time of the end." He tells Daniel to "go your way."

God reserves some knowledge unto Himself. There are things we are not meant to know. No matter how curious we get, God has a plan that He doesn't let us in on entirely. Sometimes we get glimpses of what He might have had in mind. Those glimpses are a privilege, not a right.

We are not, cannot be, as wise as God. We cannot wrap our finite minds around the plans and wisdom of an Infinite God. Might as well try to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. We'd have just about as much success.

Just like Daniel, we have a role to fulfill. We are to occupy this earth as His stewards until Christ returns. We are to be as ready as if He were to arrive in the next breath, and we are to occupy as if it will be another thousand years. The timing is not ours to know.

We must be content to go our way, doing the everyday things that a faithful servant of God will do. We must be content to leave the knowledge in God's hands and simply trust Him. After all, that is what trust is: relying fully upon God because of His own character.

Father, God,

Grant us the wisdom to trust in You alone. Help us to curb our prying arrogance that wants to know it all before the appointed time. Give us the grace to be content in You.
In Jesus' most precious name.


Andrea said...

GOD has a perfect plan for each of us. Thank you for reminding us to be steadfast and focused!
Blessings, andrea

Judith Robl said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Andrea.