His had been a long life. Kingdoms had come and gone, but he remained. Bosses had come and gone, and he had served in their royal courts. Thus, he had seen a lot. And not just the visible realities of shifting worldly cultures. But Daniel had also seen things no man had seen. Been privy to realities no one could fathom. Had been permitted to peer into the future, the details of which ultimately were to be “shut up and sealed until the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9). Much he had seen, but so little he really fully grasped.
So what was he to do with all he understood? What next considering all he didn’t yet understand?
“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 12:13 ESV)
Go your way. That’s the command given to Daniel at the end of the last vision he was given. The command given to him by “the Man clothed in linen”–the Man whose description is remarkably like that of the One John saw in a vision centuries later on island called Patmos (Rev.1:12-18).
Go your way till the end. That’s what Daniel was to do.
He was to take all the knowledge he had acquired over a lifetime–knowledge of things seen and unseen–and go his way.
He was to take all the questions he add accumulated over a lifetime–questions about the here and know and the there and then–and still, go his way.
All the knowledge he had been privileged to gain served only to reveal how much of the mystery he still didn’t understand. For every question answered, ten more came to mind. But regardless of all he had come to know, and despite all he still didn’t get, this he could count on: he would rest and he would rise. So, until then, he should go his way.
And I can’t help but think that what was true for Daniel back then is true for this guy sitting in this chair this morning.
By God’s grace, there’s a lot of stuff I think I get–about life, and about the abundant life. But honestly, a lot of stuff I still don’t get, a lot of stuff that spawns as many questions as it provides answers. So what to do?
Go your way until the end.
Keep on keepin’ on. Remain faithful. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Rest knowing one day you’ll rise.
I don’t worry o’er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I’ll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand
~ “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” by Ira F. Stanphill.
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group
So, I’ll go my way.
By His grace. For His glory.