When You Want Affirmation
The following section is so encouraging. It's filled with tons of affirmation for men out there who are struggling. So I might have to spend a few devos unloading all this information. But for today, we are going to read Daniel 10:10-11. In context, Daniel was praying and fasting when he saw a vision of an amazing man. Then the guys with him bail, and the vision ends up having this physiological effect on Daniel. And here is what happens next:
And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. — Daniel 10:8-9
There are two affirmations in this text that I love.
The first affirmation is physical. It's when a physical form of an angelic being shows up and places his hand on Daniel. The Hebrew text seems to communicate that he grabbed Daniel as if to lift him from the physiological effects the vision had on him. I am sure this was affirming for Daniel, but this should also affirm us because God sees the world's effects on us. He sees our state physically, emotionally, and spiritually and will respond to it. He wants to lend us a helping hand even if he must break into time and space.
The second affirmation is verbal. Notice what the angel says as he helps Daniel up — "O Daniel, man greatly loved." This is one of the great moments of this entire book. God sends a physical angel to Daniel, who has been laboring over the sin of Israel for three weeks during a holy fast. He is low on energy because he has not eaten. God gives him a powerful vision that rocks his world. Then he collapses, and an angelic being shows up, lifts him to his feet, and says the one thing we all want to hear from any father. "You are greatly loved."
Know this. God sees the state you are in. And he loves you greatly. And you know how I know? Jesus told us he did.
In John 3:16, Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
ASK THIS: What affirmation do you need from God today? Verbal or physical?
DO THIS: Ask God to send you an affirmation.
PRAY THIS: God, I am weak and need an affirmation from you.
PLAY THIS: God So Loved.
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