A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Daniel 10:11 (NIV).
https://jesusplusnothing.com/series/post/Daniel10 brings up a really good point: “this is God’s word of comfort for all who flee for shelter in Christ.”
When he got this vision, Daniel had been praying and fasting for three weeks. It was nearing the end of the Babylonian captivity and some Jews were already back in Jerusalem. Now that he is prostrate and hungry, God sends angels to both comfort Daniel and to encourage him because the news God will lay on him will be tough to hear. A few verses ago, God Himself appeared.
Imagine hearing from God’s personal servant “you who are highly esteemed.” Imagine hearing from this being that God esteems you. God thinks enough of you to send His own angel to visit you, to give you information nobody else knows. This intimidates Daniel, who stands trembling. But he stands. He stands in the presence of God’s messenger to hear what the messenger angel has to say.
And the angel says that God esteems Daniel. God values Daniel. The God who created the world in six days, who delivered Israel from Egypt, who spoke to Elijah in the whisper, who kept Noah safe on the flooding seas, this God personally thinks of Daniel.
News flash, fellow believer. He thinks of you and me this same way. When Jesus hung on that cross, He knew you then. He did it for you because He believes in you. He knew my sins even then. He understood the things we would do, good and bad, and He still chose to know us even through the agony of dying. He who created all things, who is love and justice incarnate, died and then rose with you and me on His mind. He’s the same Savior who sent the angel to Daniel.
He esteems us. Jesus esteems us, values us, wants, loves, desires, and saves us. He loves us enough to hit us hard with truths that are hard to hear, but He knows we can bear them because He promises to abide with us while we do.
No wonder Daniel trembled. The weeks of praying, fasting, falling on his knees in front of God had left him in the posture to both accept a hard message knowing that God esteemed Him and would not ever abandon him.
He esteems us still. When we finally realize that, He becomes our shelter and our stronghold.
For further reading: Genesis 6:9, Ezekiel 2:1, Daniel 10:12
Lord God, who am I that You should value me? I am overwhelmed by Your love.
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