Daniel 10:1-11:1 (Part 2) – He’s Getting Here As Fast As He Can…

Posted: June 27, 2016 in Book of Daniel

Daniel 10:1-11:1 (Part 2)

Daniel’s Vision of a Messenger

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite shows of all time is one from the show, How I Met Your Mother. Ted, whose former fiancée, Stella, who had left him standing at the altar to return to her ex-husband and father of her daughter. Ted was crushed by that and it took a whole season of the show for him to work through that. And at the beginning of this episode from 2009, he was finally going to go tell Stella off once and for all, but he sees Stella, her husband and their daughter on the steps of their building and saw how happy they were and decided not to. Later in the show, they ended up have a moment alone and this is how that scene goes:

 

Ted Mosby: Okay, I’m gonna say something out loud that I’ve been doing a pretty good job not saying out loud lately. What you and Tony have… What I thought for a second you and I had… What I know that Marshall and Lily have… I want that. I do. I keep waiting for it to happen, I wait for it to happen and… I guess I’m just… I’m tired of waiting. And that is all I’m going to say on that subject.

Stella Zinman: You know that once I talked my way out of a speeding ticket?

Ted Mosby: Really?

Stella Zinman: I was heading upstate to my parents’ house and was doing, like, 90 on this country road and got pulled over. So this cop gets out of his car and he kinda swaggers all over and he’s all, like: “Young lady, I have been waiting for you all day.” So I looked up at him and I said: “I’m so sorry, officer. I got here as fast as I could.”

Ted Mosby: For real?

Stella Zinman: Nah. It’s an old joke. I know that you are tired of waiting, and you may have to wait a little while more, but she’s on her way, Ted. And she’s getting here as fast as she can.

 

Ah, that last line of Stella’s. And she’s getting here as fast as she can. It still grabs my heart and brings a tear to my eye. It is a line that I have wanted to use with three single moms that I know that are three of the greatest single moms that I know. All three of these ladies, in this day and age of selfishness and it’s all about me, put their children’s needs forever first in their lives in which they have to be both mom and dad. One is in her late 20’s, one in her early 30’s, and the other is in her mid-40s I have told them both that in this age where single moms often parade a barrage of boyfriends around their sons and daughters. To show your children that you put them first among your earthly treasures is to show them that they are loved. In so many cases, 20 or 30 or even 40 something single moms just make their kids tag along for the ride of their romantic life instead of making the children first and romance second to that. I know that sometimes it is lonely for each of these ladies, but to see them and the relationship that they have with their respective children (and in one of these cases, grandchildren) just melts your heart. I have so often wanted to tell each of them this classic line from How I Met Your Mother. I have wanted to tell them that God will honor the fact that that they are putting their children first or even their children’s children first. Each makes sacrifices for their kids (and even grandkids). God will honor the sacrifice and that the guy that God has intended for them is really, no kidding, getting here as fast as he can. Just hold on. Keep honoring God and he, that one guy, will get here. He’s already on his way. He’s getting here as fast as he can. He will get here.

 

It was that thought of how Daniel continued to pray to God fervently throughout his life and never stopped honoring God. Even though the answer to prayers did not come right away. Help was on its way. Eternal battles had to work themselves out. But Daniel had faith. He held on to his faith when there was no immediate answer. It is here in this passage, Daniel 10:1-11:1, that we that Daniel prayed for weeks on end with no obvious answer to his prayers. Daniel kept on praying and praying and praying. And in this passage, Daniel is met with a vision and he is told that His prayers were heard but an eternal battle had to be waged before they could arrive to him. God had sent an messenger, an angel (who some scholars suppose to be Jesus, but which I doubt because Jesus would not have needed help from Gabriel), to his aid but was detained by having to wage an eternal battle with a demon of Satan. But now the messenger was here. He was getting there as fast as he could. Sometimes there are eternal details that have to be worked out, but the messenger was getting there as fast as he could. And, when the angelic messenger and Gabriel arrived, Daniel found comfort and healing. Daniel’s honoring of God was heard from the first moments of his humbled prayer. God was listening. God did send a messenger to comfort Daniel and He was restored to strength. The angelic messenger ministered to Daniel’s needs. The messenger was getting there as fast as he could.

 

Let us read Daniel 10:1-11:1 with an eye to how we must continue to be faithful even when God is not seemingly answering our prayers – well at least according to our timetable:

 

10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war.[a] The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.

 

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

 

4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, 5 I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

 

7 I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. 8 So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. 9 Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.

 

10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

 

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. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

 

15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

 

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

 

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

 

20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. 11 1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)

 

Daniel continued to pray fervently for three weeks. He honored God his entire life. He also had prayed for his homeland for his entire life. Even though there was no immediate answers to any of his prayers. His prayers were heard. He was sent a comforter. He was told in his dreams that many things still had to be worked out even before his own people could return to their homeland in the immediate future (a thing that Daniel had been praying for all the years that he had been in exile with his fellow Israelites) and many things had to be worked out before the end of times way in the future. Even in this three week prayer, Daniel did not see an immediate answer to this particular prayer session. But Daniel kept praying. But Daniel kept honoring God with his life. And in the answer to his prayer some three weeks later, he is comforted by God through an angelic messenger. This messenger gave him comfort in his time of need. This messenger gave him healing in his time of need. This messenger rewarded him in his time of need by telling him that he was highly esteemed in the heavenly realms and that his prayers were heard. However, there was a heavenly battle that had to be waged. He basically said to Daniel that I was getting here as fast as I could.

 

These would be the words that I would say to these three single moms that I know, each of them in various stages of their lives when it comes to the man that God has intended to be their future husbands, that one true guy that God had really intended for them all along. Hold on. He is getting here as fast as he can. Keep honoring God. It may be lonely at times putting the needs of your family first before your own needs but God will honor that. He will bring you the man that is a God honoring man at the right moment at the right time. It may seem that God is not hearing your prayers but from the moment that you uttered your prayers to Him, He has heard the prayers. There are eternal details that are working themselves out right now behind the scenes that you cannot see that God is creating the path for this God-honoring, God-fearing man to reach each one of you. He is getting here as fast as He can. God is answering your prayers but the details are being worked out right now. Keep honoring God. Keep living godly examples of godly women in front of your children (and grandchildren). God is working out the details as fast as He can.

 

That message to these three single moms that I know is also one that all of us need to listen to as well. Sometimes, we pray to God as if He is a vending machine and the answer is just supposed to pop out. Daniel prayed for somethings over an entire lifetime before they came true. In in seeking answers to a specific question in his prayer here in Daniel 10, he prayed without ceasing for three weeks. The answers did not come right away. Eternal details were being worked out. We must continue to fervently pray to the Lord for answers to our prayers even when the answers don’t come in the time frame that we want. In our continued prayers, we are often changed by the continuing prayer from our own desires to those of God. Just because there is not an immediate answer to our prayers does not mean that God does not hear them. He just may be working out and orchestrating the eternal details that will result in the answer that He has for us for the subject of our prayers. He does hear us. He is working on the answer that He has for us. He is working on it as fast as He can. In approaching God in humility and by living God honoring lives we become less selfish in our prayers and simply seek to know God’s will for our lives and seek His help in doing or knowing what He wants us to know or do. When we do that, he hears us. He esteems us and will answer us. There may be eternal details that have to work themselves out over long periods of time. But the answer is getting here as fast as it can – as fast as it is supposed to be getting here as part of God’s plan for our lives. How we handle our lives in the midst of seeking answer to prayers can be a ministry to others about how much trust we have in the Lord to answer our prayers. We must trust that He is working it out as fast as He can.

 

Amen and Amen.

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