Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
I read a book this past week and, as I came near the end of the story, something kinda hit me and made me think of these verses in Daniel.
In the book I read, Catherine was going through a very difficult time. She felt like God wasn’t answering her prayers. She felt like He had stopped listening to her and she was losing hope. But Dugan reminded her of the story of Abraham and Isaac, and how God was supplying the answer even though Abraham and his son couldn’t see it at the time. In much the same way, God heard Catherine’s prayers and was using a friend of Catherine’s to supply the answer to her prayers while Catherine herself had no idea of what was going on beyond what she could see. On top of that, God also used the whole trying situation to bring about friendships and relationships that would never have otherwise had any hope of existing. Which brings to mind Romans 8:28— And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
“From the first day”, Daniel’s words were heard, but he had to wait 3 weeks. According to verse 2: In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. Daniel didn’t know how or when an answer would come, but God was working in ways he could not see. God sent a messenger to Daniel, but the devil was at work to prevent the messenger from delivering his message. There was a big spiritual battle going on that Daniel knew nothing about. Michael, the archangel, even had to come help the messenger. All that time, Daniel was mourning and waiting for an answer and he had no idea what all was going on beyond what he could see for himself. Perhaps it seemed to him that God was ignoring him… Perhaps he had begun to worry that God wasn’t going to send an answer… Yet there was a messenger and the archangel battling to bring him the answer he needed.
Often, we have to wait longer than we want to for the answers to our prayers, but God is working in ways that we can’t see, using situations and people to bring us an answer to our prayers and to bring about a better good for our lives. He is at work. Trust Him. Don’t stop praying. And don’t lose hope!