Scripture Readings: Daniel 10 4-9, Revelations 1:9-14, Acts 9:7

“On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.”

Daniel , the prophet

As we read yesterday, Daniel fasted for 21 days, three weeks from fine foods and alcohol. But something miraculous happened on day 24 , he had a vision.  He saw Chirst, the son of man. How do we know this was Jesus?   A very similar  description of Jesus was given by John in Revelations, “someone like a son of man,dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest” (Revelations 9:13) Maybe this is coincidence and everyone in heaven wears  gold belts, but many scholars feel this man was indeed Jesus presenting himself to Daniel. 

More evidence presents itself, note in Acts 9:7, the men traveling with Paul could not see Jesus.  Only Paul could see him, same as the vision in this story of Daniel.  So all of the evidence points to the possibility that Daniel got  to meet Jesus, way before Jesus ever walked the earth.  And what did Daniel do when he met the Son of God? He heard the sound of his words, and he fell to the ground.  All the strength was taken from him and he fell to the ground. 

 Jesus is our strength.  He fills us up and gives us his strength. We grow weary and he fills us up.  We only need to come to him, with our face to the ground, weary and tired, and retaining no strength.  This world can take every bit of strength from us as we navigate earthly things. He will give us his strength  to get us through the day, and who knows maybe we will see a brilliant vision as Daniel saw.  

Today as you pray, meditate on the words of Daniel. Envision what you would do if Jesus presented himself to you at this very moment. Are there things in your life that you have grown weary from? Close your eyes, allow Jesus to take all the strength from you and provide restoration; restore your heart, restore your soul, and give you strength for the rest of the day.