It is no secret that Daniel prayed for the restoration of the kingdom of Israel and for the coming of the kingdom of God. He knew it was not going to be in his lifetime. The vision of Jesus and the words spoken to him by the angel were revealed to Daniel with the hope of encouraging him as he faced death.
Daniel was a very old man. While there was no hope for him to see Israel restored, he placed his hope completely in God’s timetable. Because he could place his hope in God, he could take his stand beside Darius and support and strengthen him.
We will find ourselves caught in the middle of political and military forces that are greater than ourselves. We may be considered weak by those in this world, but I think that we are designed to serve and only gives an appearance of weakness. Let’s face it – the world is not our home – we are pilgrims passing through a foreign land. Our hope comes from looking to a city whose foundation is righteousness and whose wall are built of God.
It is an indestructible kingdom, that continues on, ever-growing, with the hope of a glorious future in eternity.
So let’s be in the place God has called us to be, let’s serve those He has called us to serve, and let’s come alongside those in leadership to support and strengthen them.
As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to support and strengthen him. Daniel 11:1