God Deserves Our Thanks... always!
“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.”1
Daniel is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. Since his youth, he was an example of devotion and obedience to God amidst his circumstances. Even when faced with threats of death, he remained faithful and gave thanks to God.
During king Darius’ reign, Daniel was placed as one of three high officials that were placed throughout the kingdom. Some folks became jealous of Daniel and tried to find fault in him to accuse him before the king. When they were unable to find error in him, they decided to try and attack his faith. They tricked the king into establishing a law where petitions could not be made to any god or man besides the king. The jealous officials did this because they knew of Daniel’s close relationship with God and his faithfulness to Him. When Daniel heard of this, he could have become angry of accused God of injustice, but instead he went home and did what he always did… he prayed and gave thanks to God.
It would be interesting to know what Daniel thanked God for that day. Was it for His constant provision? His faithfulness in every circumstance? His friendship and the fact that he was never alone? Every bit of this was true even if God had chosen not to rescue Daniel from the lion’s den after having chosen to obey God over the king’s decree. Daniel chose to express gratitude and remain faithful regardless of what happened to him, and God protected him.
The God of Daniel is the same God we worship and serve today! His faithfulness, goodness, protection, provision, and friendship has not changed. Choose to put God above all else, express your gratitude to God daily for who He is, and remain faithful to His calling in your life.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for who you are and all you have done. You are my God, my protector, my provider, and my friend. I love you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Daniel 6:10 (ESV).
Today’s Encounter was written by: Crystal B.
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