“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 had seen a vision, and God had interpreted the vision to him. The interpretation of the vision caused Daniel to be troubled. He said, “…my cogitations much troubled me…” It was more than just a mere passing thought, but it was a thought that he couldn’t let pass his mind. His only conclusion to the matter was to keep the matter in his heart because nobody would understand his thoughts like he.
Every person will go through times that will trouble them greatly. Whether it is an incident on the job, problems with your spouse, financial hardships that don’t seem to go away, or some major incident that has happened in your life from which you can’t get away, everyone has those thoughts that trouble them. What you do in those times can often dictate how you can continue to help others. There were a few things that these thoughts did to Daniel.
First, they troubled him. These thoughts brought anxiety and stress to his life. Many times the problems of life will bring you anxiety and stress. These incidents in life are something that are out of your control. Just like Daniel, your thoughts will trouble you.
Second, his thoughts were so heavy that it changed his countenance. The one thing you must be careful about is allowing incidents in life to change your countenance. The one thing that every Christian must do is that they must be on top-side so they can continue to be a help to those around them.
Third, the only conclusion that Daniel could come to was to hide the matter in his heart. There are going to be times when you don’t have anyone to whom you can talk. There are times when you need to keep your thoughts in your heart. There are times when what you are thinking doesn’t need to be put out for others to hear. So, what do we do when these times come?
First, take your problems to the LORD. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” My friend, the one source Who can help you when you have troubled thoughts is the LORD. You can try to carry your burden alone, or you can cast it upon the LORD for His strength to carry your burdens. The answer to helping you through troubled thoughts will always be the LORD.
Second, put your troubled thoughts on paper. When you think about it, Daniel didn’t tell anybody what he thought, but he did write it down on paper. There is a healing process that helps by just writing down what you are feeling. Now let me caution you when you write it down; don’t let others know what you are thinking. My model that I have followed throughout the years is to write down what I am thinking, hold it for seven days and then destroy it. You will find that the writing down of your thoughts becomes a release of how you feel inside.
Third, instead of dwelling on your thoughts, go help another person. Helping others will be a way you can get your mind off your problems. The longer you dwell on troubled thoughts the greater they become; so, get your mind off your thoughts by helping others.