“Then I [Daniel] heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.” ~ Daniel 10:9 NIV
A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend who found it frustrating communicating with someone who wasn’t fluent in English. They had a lot of miscommunication that resulted in a lot of problems at work. Although I can understand my friend and her situation, I find it difficult to understand when two people who speak the same language still manage to miscommunicate or misunderstand each other. We each have our own language and that encompasses speech, behavior, emotions, and the heart. There is not a single person on this earth that can communicate with us 100%. The only one who can penetrate our complicated language barrier is God. He does it in a way that strikes deeply into the heart. And we may respond with pure joy, in tears, or just suddenly feel peace.
Just recently, I was searching for verses about the response of people when the Lord spoke to them. What I noticed was that He spoke to every person in different ways. A burning bush for Moses. Through Samuel the prophet for David. A blinding light for Paul. God doesn’t always use words to speak to us because He knows what kind of communication we need. Daniel, for example, was approached by God through visions. The impact of the speaker’s words in one particular vision, left Daniel with his face to the ground (Daniel 10:9). What kind of person leaves us in that position? No person, just God.
As Daniel narrates this vision he is in, he says in Daniel 10:10, “A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, ‘Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.’ And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling” (NIV). The man in the vision continues to explain to Daniel of things that happened and things to come. Yet, Daniel was still in an awe and couldn’t speak.
Then, Daniel says about his vision, “Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, ‘I am overcome with anguish because of my vision, my lord, and I am helpless. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe” (Daniel 10:16-17 NIV). Wow, to be speechless before the Lord. Now, I know this case does not occur for everyone. Like I said, God speaks to us in many ways. And with Daniel in this situation, this was an effective method.
When we are spoken to in such a way, we are not sure how or able to respond. In that case, God will and already has provided the means to communicate with Him. We have prayer, we have His Word, and we have His Son. Even more so, He grants us what we need. For example, He gave Daniel strength to go on and hear the vision (Daniel 10:19). God is not like us; He is not difficult to communicate with. He is a relationship God and desires to have a relationship with us. Of course He can communicate with us. He created us.