“As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.” 7:13-14
I love this Old Testament glimpse of Jesus we get. Can you imagine how Daniel felt?
On one hand, these chapters are weird and overwhelm me a little. There’s symbolism that goes over my head, biblical history I don’t know and to be honest I’ve never cared much for hearing about people’s dreams. (My mother has an infamously detailed dream-life and I was often the first person she saw in the morning growing up, God bless her.)
On the other hand, I find these chapters relatable and envy his clear vision of Jesus here.
Sometimes, like Daniel, I peek ahead into an imaginary future, get overwhelmed and lay around, feeling ill over it. Sometimes even a piece of Scripture will spin me out for a few days. Today I left Bethany several messages, rambling about how busted and broken it is that women and children were thrown into the lion’s den, snapped to pieces by the jaws of hungry animals God had just sovereignly tamed for Daniel. I get overwhelmed living in a prideful nation, one that fans the flames of God’s wrath and turns it’s back on his people. I see it rising up against the Ancient One and I wait for it to fall.
But like Daniel, I also see evidence of a Good and Perfect Ruler. One that waves me in to his unshakeable, ever-lasting kingdom. He is good, and safe, and I can trust him. His rule is eternal-it will never end.
I feel stirred by these chapters to ask myself, what kingdom am I living for?
Who do I need to tell this story to? Who needs to hear about Jesus?