He Got Down on His Knees
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously, (Daniel 6:10).
What an interesting practice during such challenging times. Not that Daniel would pray. I mean, if anything, the coronavirus may encourage prayers. But, "gave thanks"? I could certainly come up with a list of complaints for Daniel. But, thanksgiving?
Did Daniel thank God for "learning and skill in all literature and wisdom," (Daniel 1:17)? Did Daniel thank God for making known King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, (Daniel 2:23)? Did Daniel thank God for the favor of Nebuchadnezzar, (Daniel 2:46-49)? Did Daniel thank God for sparing Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace, (Daniel 3:8-30)? Did Daniel thank God for humiliating and restoring Nebuchadnezzar, (Daniel 4:28-37)? What about the opportunity of being a captured servant (missionary) in a foreign land? Was Daniel thankful for that?
Here's my point. Daniel practiced, even celebrated thanksgiving while being held captive. He had an open window facing Jerusalem some 1678.2 miles away. There in the temple was the place of worship. We, on the other hand have an open curtain, not just a window, into the very holy of holies. Are we thankful?
Are you thankful that God is in control of your health? Your job? Your money? Your family? Are you thankful that you, in Christ, get to be His? Are you thankful that He is with you?
Today I am thankful for His body at Faith Church and for the sweet time we had last night laughing together. Thanking God for the joy of seeing your faces! Maybe practicing thanksgiving three times a day isn't such a bad idea. What are you thankful for?
In His love,