When You Are Overwhelmed & Sickened
At the end of Daniel's vision about the ram and goat, there is this short statement that is so intriguing. Daniel 8:27 reads:
And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king's business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it. — Daniel 8:27
I love this statement. It's so real. This 90-year-old man is so honest about how he experienced this revelation. And this helps me, an everyday man, to connect with the humanity of Daniel. Daniel is just like us at times — overwhelmed and sickened. He is overwhelmed by what God is doing. At the same time, he is sickened by what man will do in the future.
But look at what Daniel does in response. He states in the text, "I rose up and went about the king's business." This means that while he was overwhelmed and sickened, he didn't stop moving forward. And you know why? Because he knew the clarity he needed was out in the future. It was lived out one day at a time.
Today if you feel overwhelmed and sickened by either what is happening in the world or maybe in your own life. Do this. Keep moving forward. God's plan always gets clear as we keep taking steps of faith.
ASK THIS: What has you overwhelmed and sickened?
DO THIS: Keep moving forward.
PRAY THIS: God, I confess I am overwhelmed and confused. But help me take the steps I need to this day.
PLAY THIS: Even When It Hurts.
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