Friday, January 10, 2014

Now, That Would Be Too Easy

Good Friday morning! A vision is best shared, right? We don't want to have to convince our friends that what we saw was not made up out of our delusions or like Scrooge blame it on a bit of underdone potato, do we? Daniel didn't get that option. "And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves." (Daniel 10:7) Those with Daniel were sent away in terror? Why not let them see the vision too for mutual support or witness? Now, that would be too easy!

You may get a vision from God, and you may have to stand alone to receive it. However, Jesus promised never to leave us or forsake us. Whether I get the vision alone, or you do, we will not stand alone to deliver it to the world. Daniel faithfully recorded his vision for us to read these many centuries later. Yet, the prophet could not call upon his companions to confirm the vision. How like Jesus in Gethsemane that is in the manner of striking the shepherd and causing the flock to flee. Why not give the vision to all?

Perhaps too easy is indeed the right analysis. If the vision is given to all, then there is no room for faith or doubt or scorn, whichever a person may choose. The same may go if the vision is too easily understood. The visions of the prophets leave us baffled. We see, as Paul puts it, as in a poor looking glass. Faith gives us the means to endure to the end when we don't understand all of God's vision given to the prophets. Faith reminds us that to stand alone in this life is to never be alone. Jesus goes with me and you in all things.

In the love of Christ Jesus,

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