I know you are a Daniel expert. I heard a sermon recently regarding a scripture in Dan 10 about an angel being delayed for 21 days. I am having a hard time making sense about this, because this says to me that Gods army is finite and limited. Which makes me question God’s power to be honest. Can you help me make sense of this and understand God and his sovereignty in this scenario. Thanks a bunch
I wonder what you are assuming about angels. Are you assuming that the angels have infinite power? Are you assuming that they can accomplish everything they attempt to do instantly? What about the power of the angels who have rebelled against God? Are the angels who have rebelled against God and who are in service to Satan any less powerful that Michael or Gabriel? These are open questions, but perhaps you have made assumptions about these questions in the past.
To be honest, we really know relatively little about angels from the Bible. God’s army of angels is finite, as God’s army of Christians is finite. Can Christians accomplish everything that God desires? Does the fact that God’s will is not always done mean that God is not sovereign? (That God’s will is not always done is proved by Matthew 6:10) Does the fact that we humans are finite and limited mean that God is not powerful? I do not think so. Does that fact that angels are finite and limited mean that God is finite and limited? I do not think so.
So, I think that your question is created because of an assumption you might be making which simply is not correct–that God’s will is always done or perhaps that angels are so powerful that they can accomplish God’s will instantaneously. What precisely was going on behind the scenes in Daniel 10 is not clear and God does not make it perfectly clear. However, what is apparent is that there was an angelic battle going on behind the scenes to which we are only given a hint from the statements at the end of chapter 10 about the “prince of Persia,” the “prince of Greece,” and about “Michael your prince.” I believe that “the prince of Persia” and “the prince of Greece” are likely to be angels who are in rebellion to God. (Dan 10:20) The good news is that God’s angelic forces won the battle and the awesome vision was given to Daniel in Daniel chapter 11.
Sorry that I have to be a bit vague about exactly what is happening behind the scene in Daniel 10, but the fact that the response took twenty-one days does not mean that God is not all-powerful, but that he gives free will, both to humans and, apparently, to angelic beings, both of whom are limited in power and are subject to time.