Posted by: kathryngraves | August 17, 2012

Stand Up, Don’t Faint

“Then [the angel] said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.” Daniel 10:12

The angel gave Daniel bad news. Daniel knew who it was – the Angel of the Lord. His vision, described in verses 5-6, fits the description of the risen Jesus Christ in the book of Revelation. And Daniel knew that being in the physical presence of the Lord was dangerous for any mortal. So he did what any normal human would do. He fainted!

When the Angel revived him, he delivered the bad news. But not before he reassured Daniel that the angelic visit was in response to his life of devotion and many prayers. Daniel could handle what the Angel told him for one reason: his relationship with God. Prior to that moment, Daniel had spent a lifetime cultivating that relationship. Therefore, no matter what, Daniel could and would rely on the strength of God to help him cope.

When suffering comes on us, it is sudden. One phone call or doctor visit changes everything. If up to that moment we have spent our lives in close relationship with the Lord, we have a foundation to stand on, a rock, that will hold us up and help us weather the storm.

Washed Away. If, on the other hand, we don’t have that relationship established before a crisis, we can be washed out to sea, in terms of our emotions. But it’s never too late. If you’re foundering, just look up and reach out.

The hand of God wants to touch you (v.10) and cause you to stand upright.


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