Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”
I like the message in this verse.
People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted? Why hasn’t God taken care of me? How could God let this happen to me?
They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”
The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”. It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life.
God says to Daniel “from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself”.
When Daniel truly realized in his heart, that in the scheme of the world, just how unimportant he is then his eyes were opened.
God doesn’t open your eyes. You open your eyes to see God, who has always been there.
So to me the three most important words in this verse are “set your heart”.
I have a saying that my family has heard numerous times. I’m not sure where I first heard it but it certainly is true.
“People only change when they truly want to change.”
Usually after I say that I go on to tell this story.
I smoked for 22 years, sometimes as much as a pack a day.
I knew about all the health risks. I wasn’t stupid or ignorant to the facts.
I had people on a daily basis telling me I should quit and all had valid reasons to quit.
I tried to quit a number of times but quickly failed. Why? Not because I needed some new patch, nicotine gum or therapy. I failed because I wasn’t quitting for me. I was quitting for other people. I did not have it set in my heart to quit.
And then one day after seriously looking at my retirement plan, seeing the income potential when I reached the age of 66 and after having lost two family members to heart disease, I said to myself, I want to be around for this. I want to be around to enjoy the fruits of my labor and have a happy, healthy and long retirement.
At that point I had set in my heart to quit.
I quit cold turkey on December 30, 1995 and I haven’t touched a tobacco product since that day.
Until you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before God, you will always be wondering where is God.
When you truly want to find God you will.
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