Daniel 8:27 (ESV) – And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.

A few weeks ago, our Pastor gave a message on Daniel chapter 8 and I have been pondering this verse ever since.  In the chapter Daniel sees a vision with a ram and a goat which he did not understand.  The Lord sent Gabriel (Daniel 8:16) to explain the vision.  It would appear from verse 27 that Daniel still did not understand.  The part that I haven’t been able to shake is: “And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days.”  The Lord revealed to Daniel a great and awesome truth about what was to come (Daniel 8:19) and it was so weighty that Daniel laid sick for some days.

What have a been carefully considering and pondering?  When was the last time the Word of God, His Truth, affected me the way His Truth affected Daniel?  There have been times when I have been lifted up, encouraged, rebuked, or instructed from His Word.  Some of those times have been quite intense but I don’t think I have ever laid sick for a few days.  Why was Daniel so intensely impacted?

I, obviously, have never met Daniel and the immediate text doesn’t say which exact part overwhelmed him.  This is what I have been thinking, the vision showed Daniel what shall be at the appointed time of the end.  The text indicates the king of bold face will destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints.  I believe the thought of this coming destruction is what “appalled” him.  When I read of the coming judgement, am I appalled and sickened by the thought of those separated from Christ going into eternal judgement?  Or do I just read it and think – well, I have Christ, so I will be ok, or worse, do I read it and they are just words on a page to which my calloused heart no longer responds?

I am so very thankful for what the triune God has done on my behalf.  But I also want to be the ambassador I have been called to be.  I want to live a life which the Lord can use.  I want the truth of what is coming to impact my deeds, words, and interactions with those around me.

Please, dear Lord, awaken my spirit and heart to be impacted by Your Word and use me in any way that would bring You glory and allow me to participate in the drawing of others to you.

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