Daniel 7-9 Do you find waiting hard? We want it now! Daniel lived and moved in time when life moved at a snail’s pace in comparison to today. He saw kingdoms rise and fall, and he had a front-row seat to it all. He may have wondered, as I often do, why God is delaying His return.
James, the Lord’s brother, understood the impatience of men and told the believers in the dispersion to be patient until the Lord’s return. He used the illustration of a farmer who must wait through the seasons for the fruit he can harvest. Daniel is an example of this kind of patient endurance, and so should we be.
Daniel watched, waited, and studied the prophet Jeremiah’s words. Then he turned his heart to prayer seeking the face of the Lord to understand. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, pay attention, [Dan 9:19]
Do we spend time in prayer for the things we do not understand? Are we waiting as the farmer for the seasons of change? Is our ground tilled and ready for planting and then harvesting?