I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Have your thoughts ever troubled you? Has the Word of God ever confused you? If so, you’re not alone. After receiving visions from the LORD, Daniel was greatly distressed. He was given enough to know times would be difficult but he did not know why or how.
Daniel was left in the dark concerning much of the details, which produced great grief and trouble within the prophet.
It’s here we learn much from Daniel.
Daniel did not disrespect God by assuming to know the facts. The visions were vivid but vague. When finished they left Daniel confused and concerned. I’m sure there were a multitude of questions swirling in his head. Who were the beasts? Why were they fighting? Where did they come from? What is their purpose?
Life can be like that. The Bible is God’s revealed will to mankind, and although it’s complete, it does not always provide all of the facts, especially when it concerns prophecy. This is where men and women must tread lightly. It’s not your place to assume to know the mind of God.
Like Daniel, you must accept what God has given and only what He has given. Daniel did not assume to know the facts out of respect for God.
Daniel did not add to the message in order to make sense of it. It’s become common in our day and age to fill in the blanks of God’s Word. This is done in many ways, through preaching, teaching, writing, and music. Most of the time it’s to justify something not found in the Bible, such as a church tradition or personal preference. Some say this makes the Bible relevant while others claim it provides a better understanding for God’s people. As if God were unable to give us all He wanted us to know.
Remember, even the silent portions of the Bible are inspired. If God did not give us details concerning a matter, it’s for a purpose. Not because the LORD was unable to give the facts but because He chose not to.
You may not have perfect understanding in some areas concerning God. That’s okay. Continue seeking after the LORD and wait for Him to clear things up. Daniel accepted God’s message and refused to elaborate on it. He showed great restraint.
Daniel did not become upset with God for his shortcomings. At times, men and women have been tempted to be angered with the LORD due to their inabilities. When hindered in any way, people naturally look for a place to cast the blame. Since God allowed the hindrance, some tend to put the blame on Him. This stems from selfishness. Because some do not receive what they want, they are quick to blame God for the problem. A lack of knowledge, talent, or opportunity has led to many foolish words against the LORD.
Like it or not, the world does not revolve around you. The LORD, who is the supreme ruler of the universe, makes decisions based upon His perfect wisdom. Keep in mind; His world was perfect until mankind made a mess of it, a big mess. So if you run into limitations, it’s not because the LORD is unfair, it’s due to being a sinner living in a sinful world. Be grateful that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save sinners and, like Daniel, show reverence unto the LORD.
Daniel did not ignore the message because of his lack of understanding. It’s easy to neglect that which cannot be understood. Because of this many do not read the Bible. Since they cannot comprehend God, they refuse to read His Word.
The LORD and His works leave everyone amazed. Nobody can fully understand a God that can perform mighty miracles. So don’t be discouraged when your understanding is incomplete. Look to the LORD for wisdom, like Daniel did.
Daniel did not have all of the answers, but he did not need them. The LORD provided all that Daniel required. God has not promised to give you the answers to all of your questions. On the contrary, there will be much you do not understand. This is when you live by faith, trusting God to do what is correct.
The LORD will, because He is perfect.