When You Don't Know The Future, God Does.


So today, we are still in Daniel. But Daniel 7 begins a significant shift in this book. We are going to rewind time just a bit to the end of the Babylonian empire for those two years that Belshazzar was co-regent. The Babylonian empire was in shambles, and Nabonidus, the reigning king (who was Belshazzar's father), had tried to restore the empire to its former glory, but now the kingdom was deteriorating. And during this time, something happens to Daniel. Here's what the text says:

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. — Daniel 7:1

So while the kingdom is falling apart, we discover that God is speaking to Daniel. God was using dreams and visions to penetrate the impenetrable city of Babylonian. And Babylonian was a fortress. While most of the kingdom was taken by the Medo-Persians, Babylonia was still standing. A massive wall and mote surrounded it. But God finds his way inside utilizing dreams and vision, or images Daniel sees while he is asleep and awake. And they created this ongoing connection for him to God when it appears all possible connection is lost.

I think men have moments like this in life. We have moments we wonder where God is and what he's doing. We may feel he is far because we don't understand what he's doing, but the truth is he isn't far, and he does know what he's doing. By definition, God is not near or far because he is not a natural being. He is supernatural. And in supernatural ways, he reveals himself so we can see and know him. Thus, even when Daniel did not have access to the Word, God revealed the Word to him and gave him things to write down. He gave him ideas and images that gave him hope. And he wrote them down to remember what God had done.

Guys, you need to write down or journal the things God is doing with and through you. I have, in stacks of journals like these. These things are chronicles of God's work through me for over the last 30 years. But know this. This is why God gave us the journal of his Word. Books like Daniel are evidence of him and for him. And in those moments we don't understand the future or what God is doing, we need to go back to them and read them. We need to go back and read about his faithfulness. We will see his faithfulness to us and learn that we, too, need to be faithful to him. Right now, you might be in a trial where you can't see or know the future or what it holds. But you need to know this — you can know the one who knows the future. And that's who Daniel trusted in through every persecution and trial. He trusted the God who gave him dreams and visions for the last 70 years. The God who gave him visions of the future.

Listen to the words of Jeremiah the prophet:

For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. — Jeremiah 29:10-14

In context, those words are pretty powerful, aren't they?!

ASK THIS: Are you trusting in the God who knows your future, or only yourself?

DO THIS: Trust the future to God, and be faithful.

PRAY THIS: God, help me be faithful again today.

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4 thoughts on “When You Don’t Know The Future, God Does.

  1. Mike says:

    I’m about 8months sober after 24yrs of my life with daily drinking/using. Recovery is going very well. Regardless though, my wife has moved herself and kids out and wants me out so they can move back in, she has blocked access to our savings, truck just blew engine, about the lowest my life has gotten, AND YET I consider it joy these trials, for I know God has me in his hand and will deliver me on the other side of it all. I am exactly where I am supposed to be in his master plan.

  2. Tom F. Sr. says:

    When we KNOW Him, we do NOT have to know the outcome. Jesus commanded us to seek Him and His righteousness daily, not futuristically, or whenever we can squeeze it in.

    2 Chronicles 16:9 says this, “For the eyes of the THE Lord roam throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are FULLY COMMITTED to Him!” Lord God, may I be that man!

  3. gary says:

    Lord I offer my body unto you as a living sacrifice that I may give you my reasonable service for your grace is sufficient for me.