Daniel 7:28 (KJV)
Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
Daniel has received a vision that troubled him, I think, for a number of reasons:
- It was ominous to say the least
- Its fulfillment would be disastrous to the world
- It seemed like there was little he could do about it
- It was only one of a number of similar visions he was to receive
Then he said this vision troubled him so much that his countenance changed. It made a visible impression upon his appearance. But he said that he kept the matter in his heart.
There is a lesson here for all of us that experience troubling and difficult things.
- Some of us are troubled by the circumstances life throws at us.
- Some are troubled at the terrible news we hear about the condition of the world
- Some are troubled at thoughts of a failing economy
- Some are rightly troubled at the turning away from God we see today
What do we do about our troubled thoughts?
- Many people break down in fear and panic.
- Others dump their troubles on others.
- Some these days vent over social media.
Daniel did, I think, three things:
First, he wrote it out
This was not the typical vent of today’s generation. He was reporting what God had given him for the benefit of others. Venting is for the benefit of the venter. It can be toxic to those upon whom it falls. What Daniel did was beneficial to those who heard and read.
Secondly, he prayed
And in prayer God gave him the meaning of the vision. Sometimes knowing why there is trouble helps us get through a troublesome time.
Thirdly, he kept the matter in his heart
Far from venting, he did the very opposite. He kept it to himself. He did not panic or explode in anger. He kept the matter in his heart.
I know people say it’s okay to “get it out”. They tell us it’s unhealthy to keep our burdens locked inside. God says just the opposite. Take it to God, find answers from heaven, use those answers to help others. But keep your venting to yourself.
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