“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Daniel 12:8,9).TEXT — Daniel 12:5-13
Writing by divine inspiration, David stated that “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him…” (Psalm 25:14). Years later, Apostle Paul would easily relate to this truth when he shared the story of how he was shown the picture of heaven, but told to keep the vision a secret. Here in our reading today is Daniel equally witnessing a scene he was not empowered to fully comprehend or record.
In the vision, Daniel saw three personalities. Two were angels standing on each side of the river and “the man clothed in linen” standing upon the waters! One angel asked the man clothed in linen how long would be the end of “the wonders”. In answer, the man solemnly lifted up his hands to heaven and declared that “it shall be for a time, times, and an half” (three and a half years). Daniel did not understand the precise meaning of the statement and asked for further clarifications. He was forbidden to inquire further but was assured that true believers would laugh last.
The Lord works in ways beyond human comprehension. Sometimes, He keeps things away from people like He did to Elisha when the son of the woman of Shunem died. At other times, He reveals His plans to individuals, as He did to Joseph when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams. Whatever He chooses to do is in order because “secret things belong unto the LORD” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
We are in the last days and the complexity of the world today demands wisdom and an analytical mind to help in decision-making. God knows what we need most in such critical times of our lives, and He wants to grant us access to the right information, to know how to act. Our duty then is to trust Him sufficiently to guide us each day on what to do and things to avoid. We must also learn to wait on Him patiently without cutting corners.
Thought for the day
God’s secrets are reserved for His saints.
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