“Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”Daniel 10:18-19
The angel again tells Daniel that he is loved and there is no need to be afraid. Daniel received the peace that only God can give us. After this reassuring Daniel is ready to receive the vision of things to come. Now that Daniel has experienced the efficacy of God’s strengthening word and grace, he is ready for anything. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31) Daniel is now ready to hear what God has to tell him.
The detail given to this experience of Daniel’s leaves the impression that the revelation to follow must be of tremendous character. The triple strengthening of Daniel in this agonizing experience has sometimes been compared to that of the Lord’s temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.” (Luke 22:43) This is the last time in this vision where Daniel requires additional strength to be administered by the angel.
The hand of God’s power going along with the word of his grace is alone effectual to give us the strength that we need. One touch from heaven brings us to our knees, sets us on our feet, opens our lips, and strengthens us; for it is God that works on us, and works in us, both to will and to do that which is good.