Session 9

What you can’t see when work is in progress

From Daniel: A 14-Day Devotional

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Daniel 8

Art galleries are full of masterpieces that began with a simple brush stroke. We stand in awe at the finished product, but rarely do we get to see the work in progress. Would we love the Mona Lisa as much if we only saw its early stages? 

The Master Creator, God has a plan for us and a vision for us. We are His masterpieces. But often, we jump to conclusions or give up when there are thousands of brush strokes to be made. 

Seeing God’s handiwork come to fruition requires patience and faith. For example, the events in Daniel’s dream came to pass when Alexander the Great (the male goat) defeated the ram (Persia). After Alexander’s death, his kingdom was divided into four parts (the four horns/four winds of heaven). 

Daniel’s vision also has implications we won’t see until the end times (Daniel 8:17). God is carrying out a bigger vision than we can see. We know God’s words will come to pass, but we shouldn’t assume to know when or how they will happen. 

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God says his ways are higher than ours, and visions like Daniel’s remind us of this truth. As we pray and hear from God, we might receive a word or vision that doesn’t make sense at the moment. We can trust God to bring His plans to life. And in the absence of a clear next step, we allow our faith to continue to push us forward. 

Every artistic process includes moments of frustration. But we have to understand the brush is safest in the hand of the Master Creator.

Reflect:
  • Where is God leading you right now?
  • What is your next step in your walk with Jesus? If you’re not sure, consider this: What’s the last thing Jesus clearly told you to do?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

How determined are you?

When you hear the word “resolve,” what comes to mind? Maybe you pictured a determined athlete, a 2-year-old who doesn’t want to back down...

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Session 2

Do you need God to do the impossible?

Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps a relationship was in a rocky place. Maybe your finances were i...

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Session 3

Are you using your abilities to make much of you?

Ever notice how some people are just naturally good at certain things?  The numbers person leaves others in awe at her ability to c...

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Session 4

What happens when you stand up for your faith

Government officials and commoners alike are gathered in the public square for the unveiling a new statue. A trumpet blows, the order is ...

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Session 5

How to know pride is sneaking into your life?

None of us like to be told we’re wrong. We like it even less when the other person turns out to be right. Remember, the business deal eve...

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Session 6

Are you following Jesus for the right reasons?

Ask people from three generations to describe what Batman looks like, and you’ll get three different answers. With each iteration, Batman...

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Session 7

How to respond when you’re thrown to the lions

At the beginning of Daniel 6, things are looking great for Daniel. He becomes one of three administrators over the 120 newly appointed sa...

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Session 8

We are the champions

Jesus’ coming is foreshadowed throughout the Bible. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream gives him a glimpse at what’s to come: “...the holy peopl...

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Session 9

What you can’t see when work is in progress

Art galleries are full of masterpieces that began with a simple brush stroke. We stand in awe at the finished product, but rarely do we g...

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Session 10

Who do you run to?

As kids, we ran to our parents’ room to escape the monsters under the bed. But what becomes our safe place as we get older? Where do you...

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Session 11

Where to find peace when you’re scared

When was the last time you were really scared?  As a child, you might have woken from a bad dream only to find yourself staring int...

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Session 12

God hears our prayers

We’ve all done it. A call drops, but we keep talking. Sometimes it takes a few seconds and sometimes it takes a few minutes, but eventual...

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Session 13

What if turmoil is an opportunity?

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? An overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fear dominated our country on that day and for many more...

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Session 14

We don’t have to fear the end of the world

The Bible is not silent about the end times — that is, what will unfold on the earth shortly preceding Jesus’ return to the earth. Daniel...

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