"Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words." (NKJV)
"Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words." (ESV)
Reassurance. No matter how old we are or how long we have been saved or how skilled or how knowledgeable or how anything, we are comforted with reassurance that what we are doing is on the right track. The book of Daniel helps us to be reminded of God's immediate and everlasting love and assistance. He assures us that from the moment we opened our hearts to His love and we admitted that we could not handle this world alone, He was there. It was our own act of love for Him that allows His love for us to shine."Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer." (NLT)
I know for a fact that God was at work in my life long before I willingly gave my life to Him. This verse negates that fact though, doesn't it. Absolutely not. This verse is a simple reminder that God's works should be and are openly revealed once we have accepted Him in to our lives. Before we accept God's mercy and grace, we attribute His works to luck, coincidence, superstition, etc. It is our humble acceptance of God, however, that allows us to be able to see the amazing works that God presents to this world.
These verses remind me also of the following:
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 New International Version (NIV)It is the work of the Spirit due to our vocalization of our humbleness before God that allows us to discern the amazing glories in our lives. So, with an open heart and an eager mind, seek what the Lord has done for you in this life as well as your previous worldly life. Don't forget to thank God for all of those amazing gifts that He gave you before you even acknowledged Him. What an amazing gift.
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.