Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.” – Daniel 12:5-13
Short and sweet today…Waiting, hoping and trusting are all intertwined in their meaning. If we wait, it’s because we hope for a good outcome. If we hope for a good outcome it’s because we trust God. If we trust God we will wait for his perfect timing.
However you understand these words in Daniel – some of which are incredibly difficult to comprehend (horns, beasts, statues, and all) – here is our call: to find great blessing from God as we wait for his perfect timing, because we trust in him, and we hope for all of his promises to come to fruition. He has proven himself worthy. That’s what next week is all about: Holy Week – when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem for his final days on earth, this side of glory. I look forward to sharing it with you, dear reader, next week. Wait with me, please. Amen.