But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.
I love the humility that Daniel shows in this passage. Just before this encounter with the king, the wise men of Babylon had said “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter…” (Dan. 2:10), they claimed it was impossible for any man to tell the king what his dream was and the interpretation of it. They were right in saying so, because no man apart from God could do such a thing, and Daniel was aware of this. He was humble and faithful to God and gave credit for all that was done through him to the Lord alone.
Peter and John responded in the same way when they healed the lame man at the Beautiful gate, telling the multitudes that marveled, “Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” They went on to explain that it was His name, and faith in His name, that healed the lame man (Acts 3:12-16). Paul told the brethren in Jerusalem “those things which God had done”, giving all glory and credit to the Lord (Acts 21:19).
How do you respond to the Lord doing the miraculous through you? Daniel wasn’t prideful, though he was the only man in the whole kingdom that was given understanding of the unknown. When God has done the miraculous through me, there have been times I was tempted with pride. Yet my heart knows that without Him, I am nothing. Without Him, I could do nothing that’s of benefit to Him. The Lord doesn’t need our help, He desires to use us because He loves us.
There’s great blessing in being a servant of the Lord, but it requires us to recognize that it’s all of Him and none of us.“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”