“Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” Daniel 10:19 (NIV)
This morning as I read today’s chapter, I was struck by Daniel’s response to the visions given him:
- “I mourned three weeks”
- “I ate no choice food; not meat or wine touched my lips”
- “I used no lotions at all” (He apparently understood moisturizing)
- “I had no strength left”
- “My face turned deathly pale”
- “I was helpless”
- “…set me trembling on my hands and knees”
- “I stood up trembling”
- “I bowed with my face to the ground and was speechless”
- “I am overcome with anguish”
- “I feel very weak”
- “My strength is gone”
- “I can hardly breathe.”
Daniel’s response to being in the spiritual realm was one of physical exhaustion and he was troubled, not encouraged, by what he saw and experienced. He required strength and encouragement to carry on.
I am reminded this morning that spiritual matters are not always easy matters. Dealing with matters of Spirit is often physically and emotionally draining. The visions and dreams given to people are often unsettling and disturbing. Yet, there is a promise that God will never dish out more than we can handle. Daniel was given strength and peace in the moment he needed it, just enough to get him through.
Today, I am thankful for strength and peace given in the moments we desperately need them.