Biblical Thanksgiving (Daniel)

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:10

As we come upon this season of Thanksgiving, let us look at a few of the people in the Bible who gave thanks or were thankful.  After looking at their examples, hopefully we will take a minute or two to be a little more thankful ourselves.

This verse is about Daniel.  The story is familiar: the king was convinced to put out a decree that anyone caught praying or “petitioning God” would be cast into the den of lions.  Daniel knew about this decree and just went on doing what he did every day, which included praying.  Part of that praying was “giving thanks.”  He knew that if he prayed, he would be put into a den of lions, yet he prayed and thanked the Lord anyway.  I don’t know if he was thankful for the opportunity to go the lions den or not, but he was thankful.

In the face of persecution and (as far as he probably assumed) even death, Daniel remained thankful to his God.  That is a great lesson for us: no matter what we face in our lives, we can be thankful.  Thankfulness is not based on what we have or what we have been given.  Thankfulness is a heart matter and a state of mind.  We can look at our circumstances and think that we have little for which to be thankful, but as long as we have Jesus Christ, we have the best reason of all to be thankful.  No matter where we find ourselves, let us always remain thankful.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Ben

    Thanks much for sharing!

    ” That is a great lesson for us: no matter what we face in our lives, we can be thankful. Thankfulness is not based on what we have or what we have been given. Thankfulness is a heart matter and a state of mind.”

    Indeed!

    Our circumstances do no change the fact that God is good.

    Blessings
    ann

    Reply

  2. I loved the same part Ann did . .that thankfulness is a heart matter and state of mind! Thanks for that, Ben and God bless you!

    Reply

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