As Bible students, we sometimes get totally caught up in the things God has revealed in a passage, without taking much time to focus upon why He chooses sinners such as Moses, David, and Paul, to reveal His truth. An in spite of the fact that the Book of Daniel seems to say nothing about Daniel ever sinning, we know he did because the Word says "all have sinned" (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; etc.). So why did God choose him for this task? The answer may be found in the first twenty-three verses of the chapter:
* 9:2 - Daniel was a student of God's Word.
* 9:3 - Daniel humbled himself through prayer and fasting.
* 9:4 - Daniel confessed his sin.
* 9:5 - Daniel interceded for the sins of his people.
* 9:6 - Daniel included himself as guilty, as well.
* 9:7 - Daniel admitted he did not understand what God was doing.
* 9:8-12 - Daniel again included himself as guilty.
* 9:13 - Daniel, like his people, had not repented of their sins.
* 9:14-15 - Daniel acknowledges God is righteous in all His judgment.
* 9:16-19 - Daniel asks for mercy for him and his people.
* 9:20-23 - Daniel is heard, and God comforted him by the angel Gabriel.
If I had to describe Daniel in a single word, it would have to be "humble!" Micah 6:8 says, "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" God's favorite quality in humans, perhaps after the unachievable holiness, is our humility! It is one of the chief qualities of Jesus Christ; one that we are to emulate; the Apostle Paul wrote:
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:5-8).
So, if you want to be used like Daniel was, try to be more like Jesus!