~13 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.~
Daniel’s life turned out entirely different from what he anticipated as a child. As a handsome, healthy, intelligent boy from a wealthy and influential family, his future looked bright. But when he and his people were carried off as slaves by Babylonian invaders, he was stripped of everything but his faith in God. Daniel could have developed a victim mentality, but he chose to maintain belief that God was, and ever would remain, in control. This remarkable teenager chose to look for God’s purposes in his new situation, and this mind-set enabled him to become a man of influence in Babylon.
After several decades of serving God faithfully in this pagan culture, Daniel was entrusted by God with yet more understanding. In this prophetic vision, the destiny of nations unfolded before his eyes. He kept on looking until he saw everything from God’s throne room perspective.
As Christians we also have been raised with Jesus Christ and are seated with him in the heavenly realms [Ephesians 2:6]. So like Daniel, we need to keep focusing on Jesus and his awesome power instead of on outward circumstances. Once we start seeing life from our majestic Lord’s throne-room perspective, we’ll recognize that nothing can thwart his purposes.
What problem do you need to see with Jesus’ perspective?