In the Book of Daniel, there is a phrase, repeated five times, that reveals the key to the effectiveness of Daniel’s ministry; the phrase is, “he touched me”. What a thing to have, the touch of the Almighty God! No wonder Daniel had his face upon the ground! He was touched by God!
“Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation” (Daniel 8:19). He was touched to behold and to know.
“Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding” (Daniel 9:21-22). He was touched to gain skill and understanding.
“Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, a hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent” (Daniel 10:9-11). He was touched to stand.
“And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spoke, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength” (Daniel 10:16). He was touched to speak.
“Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me” (Daniel 10:18). He was touched to be strengthened.
Let a man trust God as Daniel trusted God, and he will be touched as Daniel was touched. Coming out of the lion’s den, it was found that “no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he trusted in his God” (Daniel 6:23).
In these days, God’s people are inclined to trust in their own judgement and do their own thing; we are urged to have faith in ourselves; but, when confronted with the deep darkness of the world, such a philosophy leaves us cold and comfortless.
Far better to seek the touch of the Almighty!