Mike and Latrease Standback
Daniel 10 – 12
In these chapters God gives Daniel a vision that strikes him to his core. So astonished and overwhelmed he is given over to even physical exhaustion to the point that his body starts to give up on him. Daniel then received strength and encouragement allowing him to hear God’s plan for His people and the whole world as he knew it. The Lord then reveals in detail how He will shake the nations. He tells Daniel of the rise and fall of the earthly rulers to come, about the refining process of God’s people through suffering and God then professes how He will deliver his people whose names have been written in the book of life.
What is one key verse and why?
12 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”
This verse shows me that our God is eagerly waiting for us to respond to him. As soon as I humbly decide to choose his will for my life he is there already working to clear a path for me.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
These chapters remind me that God is a father waiting with open arms as seen in Luke 15:11-32 in the parable of the lost son. They show me what great lengths God had been and is willing to go to turn the hearts of his children to Him
How does what you read change your vision of self or others?
What I’ve read had enhanced the vision for myself. I envision myself being bolder in my walk with God. Like Daniel, setting my mind on God, seeking Him for understanding with a humble and ready spirit.
How will you Go with God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will not walk in fear and I will strive to deepen my relationship with God by being consistent in prayer and reading God’s Word with intent to change.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Daniel’s vision of the “man dressed in linen” makes me look forward to meeting Jesus face to face in his heavenly glory. I wonder if I’ll be able to stand in his presence.