So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.” Daniel 8:17
Jim Mattis said, “The Marines teach you, above all, how to adapt, improvise, and overcome. But they expect you to have done your homework, to have mastered your profession. Amateur performance is anathema.”1
On earth we plan, then adapt and improvise because we don’t know the future. Every mission contains unknown elements. Even when we’ve done our homework, we’re still amateurs when it comes to knowing the future. But God is no amateur. He knows the details of every remaining day. He knows what will happen “at the time of the end.”
In Daniel 8, the angel Gabriel gave Daniel specific information about the unfolding events in Persia and Greece, which contained implications for the latter days of world history. God has everything under His control, and He is guiding us and our planet toward His climactic end.
Today rest assured: God is always accomplishing His plan to prepare the way for His people. Plan, pray, and then watch His purposes unfold.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Jim Mattis and Bing West, Call Sign Chaos (New York: NY: Random House, 2019), XI.
Daniel 3:8-18, The Courage To Stand