You Think You Want To Know But You Don't


So let's back up a little bit. In chapter 7, Daniel sees this night vision and gets an interpretation of it. He learns that the future will be worse than it is now, and those future kings will devour the earth. And then there will be a world emperor, who we know as the Antichrist, who will be powerful, pit himself against God, and persecute Christians. And then here is what Daniel said:

"Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart." — Daniel 7:28

Fellas, sometimes we think we want to know the future. But as we learn here, knowing the future could be terrifying to know. This is because our finite minds are not made to know infinite things. And because of this, God commands us to do something. He wants us to trust in him and his infinitive understanding and power. Yet sometimes, in the gap between what we know and what he knows, we feel powerless and confused and then do things that oppose faith.

But the gap between what we know and what God knows is where we have the most incredible opportunity in our relationship with God. It's the opportunity to trust God and not in ourselves. We can either think, "I've got this," and act on our own accord, trying to rectify the situation, thus nullifying our faith. Or we can think, "God's got this," and let him rectify the situation while we do what Daniel did here — keep the matter in our hearts.

Today when you feel powerless and confused by some issue in life, which might be right now — trust God. Trust that God knows all things, even the end of the matter. And then put your faith in him because you will not understand it all anyway. That is not until he comes again.

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25 thoughts on “You Think You Want To Know But You Don’t

  1. David Luevano says:

    When will my wife Eva be healed from he chronic illness in her neck and throat from the radiation treatmets she to beat tongue cancer. I praise the Lord for the healing he has done. Amen.

  2. Jeff Falley says:

    When God wants me to speak and when God wants me to be quite. I cannot understand how people cannot see the truth makes me question my beliefs. I feel so weak and am ashamed that I feel this way.

  3. Kerry Pople says:

    What I really like here is that Daniel chooses to carry the “burden” of knowledge of the future calamities. Whether that is because he does not fully understand or because he feels the Israelites are hurting enough already?
    Either way, Daniel elects to carry the weight that comes with knowledge.
    I worked for 3 decades amongst criminals and many friends and coworkers would tell me how much they wanted to know if all the evil about them. I frequently, and every training I conducted, would tell people that God had entrusted their own level af awareness to them. They really did not want to know all that is going on around them. You would never feel comfortable letting your kids out the front door. The truth is we all think we want to know everything. But, God makes us aware of that which he wishes us exposed to for a reason. Through it all, trust in Him. For Jesus knows best what is best for us.
    Thank you Vince, for your service.

    • Graham says:

      I hear you Chris! Our 2 oldest kids aren’t where they need to be with the Lord. We hear it all the time from our friends that their kids are doing the same things and these kids were brought up in church. Just keep praying and let God have it. I’ll pray for your other concerns also!

      • Chris says:

        Thanks. Just when I think my prayers are working I get another setback or bad news. Yes please keep praying for us.

        • Graham says:

          I know what you mean Chris because sometimes l get so tired of 1 step forward and 2 steps back! There is times you look at the wicked people having so much fun and not a care in the world! It gets tiring when you pray and see nothing happening. I have to remind myself of Romans 8:28. God has a plan and is definitely in control!

  4. Trent says:

    My life and the life of my wife and kids. I feel like it is up to me to save us all, to make life what I think it needs to be for each of us. I know that I have no power to save any of us, no direct control over our fate or destiny for lack of better words, but I just cannot relax and trust God. I fight and wory and get angry when things do not go as I think they should.

    Psalm 46:10 is being brought to my attention more and more and also to those around me. I cannot handle it all. I have to let God be God and not try to force my will over HIs, even if it is unintentionally. Trying to control the outcome of everyone’s lives will break me and do them a disservice as well. NOw if I can just remember this and put it into daily practice……

    • Graham says:

      Trent , It sounds like you are going through the same things that l am dealing with! It really does get very tiring at times trying to help everyone with their lives while trying to keep yours from falling apart! We can only keep going and trust Almighty God to take care of it all!!!

  5. David Josker says:

    Frustrating time with wife and daughter, but I’m believing “God’s got this,” and let him rectify the situation.
    God, I give all my confusion to you.

    • Dennis James says:

      Father God, I lift up this family matter that Doug is struggling with. I pray you help guide him Lord and that he seeks Your wisdom through prayer and obedience. Give him Your strength and Your wisdom . In the mighty name of Yeshua, Amen.

  6. rick says:

    going through some very frustrating times with my teenage grandson who lives with us. trying hard to do what is right for him. I need to let it go…trust in God more and myself less.
    God , help me see You today, open my eyes and heart and let You guide me today

  7. Jack says:

    As a part of the older generation, I look at the change that has taken place in my lifetime. I mark the 1980’s as the beginning of the technology boom. It has continued to accelerate til now everything changes almost annually. But now I am beginning to see our social and political system beginning to change much like the technology boom did. As a grandfather, I wonder, and fear, how my adult children and my grandchildren will survive and thrive. Also there is some truth in the saying once a man and twice a child. As I approach that second childhood in light of a changed world I wonder, and fear, how I will survive and thrive, at least for my allotted days.

    So the remedy for this fear is to trust God. That He never stops working for my good. One verse that I often recite to my self is Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. “

    • Dennis Burk says:

      I’m in the same boat. Two wonderful grandson, an abusive dad (living elsewhere),one starting college.
      What’s their future? I’m slightly disabled, so can’t participate in active things.
      They both love God, which warms my heart.
      We have to trust, there is nothing else!

  8. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Thanks Pastor Vince! Without submitting to The Spirit of God, the majority of men (me included) will trust in ourselves, and not His sovereign and perfect plan. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things NOT seen. Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, but He is a Rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him!
    Hebrews 11:1 & 6

  9. Bub says:

    Hats off for taking the lead. Just remember that “taking the lead” does not mean that you are going to do it all, but rather, you will task and entrust members of the leadership team with action items taken from a collective mindset to address the issue. some will act on your directives and some will slack. You will have to hold them accountable to get the job done so a resolution can ultimately be achieved in the future. Just as you are taking the lead to direct your team, let The Big Man Upstairs take the lead to direct you and your efforts and hand over to Him your worries and concerns. Hang in there brother, this is a tough gig. God and your Christian brothers have your back with prayers and support.
    Heavenly Father, I pray that you bless Joe with your wisdom and the power and peace of the Holy Spirit as he dives in to save help his company and the people that rely on this company. I also ask that you throw in a touch of divine intervention when times get rough for him. In Jesus’s name I pray, and Amen to that.

  10. Joe says:

    Hey Fellas,

    I am wanting to know the answer to the issue we are having at work. I am on a executive team and 2 of the 7 are Christians. I have volunteered to take the lead of the issue. I am needing and trying to trust God because this is 40% of our business. I know God brought me to this company to grow represent who he is in my life it and who we are to be as men and women to grow this company. I ask for your prayers and support to be the man that God created me to be for him, myself, family and my coworkers. Thanks fellas!

    • Mark says:

      Prayers for you Joe as you take the lead on this project/issue at work . God is good, standing with you in faith that he will bless this opportunity, strengthen you and guide you as you lead and that he’ll be with you, your family and your team in the days ahead!

      • Joe says:

        Thank You, Mark!!!! God was with me today as we worked thru some tough conversations with the naysayers in the group. I took a few minutes and prayed before the meeting and I challenged them to put some numbers together for their part to help try and engage them in the process. This will be the biggest challenge that I know I need God’s help, grace and mercy daily to get us thru all of it. I also know it will be worth all the pain and misery because I am trusting God and not myself or my team to help us.