There's More Going On Than You Realize


So today, I am going to read a text that's going to describe a dream that Daniel had. The dream is prophetic. But before I read the text, I want you to note that this dream speaks of four empires over time. The four are the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires, which were all different in size and strength. So here is the dream:

Daniel declared, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked, its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.' After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. — Daniel 7:2-8

A lot is happening in this vision. But today, I want to step back from the details of the vision and the text and notice a greater theme. That is, this. In this world, there are things we see and things we don't see. Daniel sees a very specific vision of the future. And it's not just his future. It is the vision of four empires over hundreds of years that will extend into the time of Jesus.

Here's the application. In our time, we are tempted to look at events only from a natural perspective. We see natural occurrences, and we interpret them as only natural occurrences. But God is showing Daniel that while he considers events, empires, and regimes, there is something supernaturally at play. There is a story playing out that he does not see. Therefore God gives Daniel just enough of a glimpse to let him know that he's got this and that during that last empire, the Roman Empire, salvation would be realized in his son Jesus.

Gentlemen, I want to encourage you to look at the natural events and occurrences of your day spiritually. Don't spiritualize everything, but take a moment to look at an encounter or a challenge from a supernatural perspective, not a natural one. And then remind yourself that God is up to something in those events. God has a story he is writing, communicating, and showing to each of us. And the story in his vision is way better than the one we see naturally. And then trust him because, in his vision, salvation is coming. It is coming and has come in his son — Jesus Christ the Lord.

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15 thoughts on “There’s More Going On Than You Realize

  1. Dave says:

    There is a very special person that I haven’t seen for some time now. I’ve been praying every day for the past 5 months that if it is God’s that he would bring her back into my life.

  2. Dennis James says:

    I have to keep reminding myself to look at the current world events from a spiritual perspective.

  3. Eric says:

    We are actually waiting to hear today about my wife’s biopsy results from a sample taken from her breast on Tuesday. We know God knows all about this already but it is still hard to wait. The one good thing is we know that the Lord has both of our lives in His hands and no matter what he will be there for us! As difficult as it might be.

  4. Chris says:

    I need to see my new career, my marriage, my parenting and my show return to me. In Jesus’s name, Amen!

  5. Jeannie says:

    I know this is a men’s devotional but I have subscribed and listen regularly. A few days a week I share this on my family group chat for my son’s and husband. Thank you for speaking into our lives.

  6. Tom F. Sr. says:

    That I need not understand that which only God understands and controls. As a brother already stated this morning, Jesus is on the throne and He IS King! All glory and honor to Him! This I believe and understand.

  7. Sheldon says:

    That as the world seem to be falling all around us, though a thousand may fall around us God will keep all dangers away from us. brothers don’t loose heart be encourage God will keep you from falling.

  8. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I am going to help set up and serve/be there for friends from my small group who have been dealing with many health problems over the last few years and have been isolated even more because of the pandemic. The last bout with stage 4 cancer was aggressive and Steve has moved from the earthly realm to be with God, so we are having a lunch picnic type service for him and I am going to help setup and serve at that because my schedule is flexible enough to permit me to help. God, help me to be Your hands and feet at this event and to help be a comfort to Steve’s family and my other friends who can make it today. Amen.

  9. Don says:

    I just need to see current events from a biblical perspective and not get so caught up in them. No matter what, God is still on His throne, and He is in control. He is not going to let us down

  10. Cory D says:

    Interesting timing for this message Vince. I woke up today with no internet. From a work perspective this is significant as I work from home. Customers to serve, deadlines to meet …yada yada. From a spiritual perspective this is hardly a spec of dust in the wind. This day will pass and we have a great God to serve and love continually.