Daniel 7 “…As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat…His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed. As for me, Daniel, my spirit was deeply distressed within me, and the visions in my mind terrified me…”
When the world shakes, what do you do? When the visions you have terrify you, can you sleep? When what you see on TV mortifies you, who is your foundation? When your life is uncertain, where do you turn?
Have you ever had such terrible dreams only to wake up to find that it was true? We are living or existing in a time that uncertainty is common and sleepless nights are the norm. How do you pay your bills? When will you go back to work? Is the system just? What is normal anyway? And was it really ideal?
Facing the dilemmas of life are what we are called to do. It’s what we have been given strength to forge ahead with. We tackle problems, catch all thoughts that go against the knowledge of God and run with endurance the race set before us. Forgive me but I’ve binge watched ‘All American’. Yes, God gives us no more than we can bear; but can I get a witness that maybe just maybe He has more faith in us than we have in ourselves?
“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up… but all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on…don’t you turn back…I’se still climbin’” one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems, Mother to Son, identifies our plight… as women…as Black Women…as mothers…as African American in America. What do we hold on to? Where can we find solace? Preacher tell me about a God who can yet hasn’t, One who is able but didn’t, One who’s promises are sure but seem to be delayed.
The fact is that there is a righteous Judge, the Ancient of Days, that knows all, sees all and will judge all. Some appear to get away with murder. Some think they have you under a barrel. Others believe they can walk all over you. But there is one that no man can fool! God, the Almighty, the Most High, the Everlasting Father knows His children and will judge now and in the future. Did you not read that He holds us in the palm of His hands? You sang, “He’s got the whole world in His hands… you and me sister in His hands...” Do you believe it?
When we abide in the secret place of the Most High, it doesn’t mean we won’t see before us evil. It doesn’t mean that the night visions won’t come. What it means is that our dwelling and our refuge is in the One who can take care of our enemies and prepares the table for our gratefulness in their presence. In His arms we can feel protected, but we have to trust Him that He will be our strong tower. The enemy’s darts and weapons may form but they will not prosper. As a child of the King, we stand on His promises and watch as our enemies attack one another. I can hear Him say, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”.
So, to calm your spirit at night, Psalm 23 and 91. To gain wisdom what to do in the fight, James 1:5. To get your walk right, Psalm 1. To speak appropriately, Matthew 12:37, Acts 4:29, and Proverbs 18:21. The point is that God’s word is true and there is plenty direction available to those who seek it.