Why don’t they believe? (Daniel 10-12)

10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.  Daniel 12:10

Recently, in our Community Group, one of our members asked, Why don’t people believe in Jesus. This person who has been a believer for many years, but only recently truly understanding the Christian life, spoke with sincerity and passion. As I looked at her face I could see the anguish on her face as she wanted to know why they did not believe, in hopes that she could share with them so they would believe.

In the days of the Prophet Daniel, he lived in a place where many people would not believe. We see his heart over and over in mourning for the people. God showed him things in the future leading up to the very end of the world, which he identified as “a time of trouble,” (12:1).

Daniel was given a vision of the day when the Lord would return to judge the earth (12:2). Revelation 19 and 20 offer us more details. According to Daniel 12, there will be two groups of people who will stand before the Lord:

  1. Those who became wise and follow God, (12:3).
  2. Those who became wicked and practiced ungodliness (12:10).

Question: How did the wicked become wise? The answer is “God.” God opened their hearts and minds to the truth. Ezekiel had promised that God would give people, who repented, a new heart (36:26-27). Daniel had been transformed by God and he awaited the day of the Lord’s return and reward (12:13).

Brothers and sisters, why don’t people believe? Truly, they have decided not to believe because they know not how or why they should believe.

What is our task? I believe it is two-fold:

  1. We are to pray that God would open their hearts and minds.
  2. We are to tell people everywhere that God is calling them to a different path.

I love how John puts these tasks before us in Revelation 22:

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:16-17

Two questions:

  1. Will you focus your heart and mind on the tasks before you?
  2. Will you give yourself to this task with all kinds of people?

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