“So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, ‘Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.'” – Daniel 8:17
Daniel was troubled by the visions that he was given by God. They did not make sense to him, they were confusing. Nevertheless, it was God’s Word coming to him about the end times. The Bible tells us that the angel Gabriel came in answer to Daniel’s prayers and interpreted the dream for him. Again, however, it did not make complete sense to him at that time.
The angel Gabriel explained to Daniel that “it refers to many days in the future.” Daniel then became very sick, he even fainted because he was so astonished at the vision and said, “no one understood it.” Then, he got up, and it tells us he went about the king’s business. And, in the very next chapter, we find Daniel setting his heart to God in prayer. He did not turn away, even though his understanding was limited.
Sometimes it is difficult for us to see the spiritual side of things and demonstrate faith. And, when we cannot make sense of it all, we very often reason away the spiritual things God is revealing. As a result, our faith is limited, and we begin doubting God’s Word.
In John 6, Jesus is talking with the crowd and disciples, and He is sharing some things that were very difficult to grasp. He was sharing thoughts from a spiritual standpoint, but they were thinking from a physical. They were unwilling to see His point. And because of their unwillingness, it tells us many turned away from Him. They walked with Him no more. When Jesus asked His disciples, “Do you want to go away also?” Peter replied, “Where? You are the One with the words of eternal life.”
This question from Jesus will come to us at one time or another. He may be asking this question of you right now. Maybe you are going through something in your life that does not make sense. Will you set your heart toward God and promises, or will you turn away also?
“If God said that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, then the whale swallowed Jonah, and we do not need a scientist to measure the gullet of the whale. It is not whether we can understand it or not it is whether God said it or not. If God said ‘I AM,’ I respectfully bow and say, ‘O God, Thou art!'” – A. W. Tozer