If you’ve popped over after reading today’s devotion, welcome! Let’s have bible study today. Below you’ll find Daniel’s story and some study questions. I hope they will challenge and inspire your faith in the midst of troubled times.
I will not answer the questions. Instead, I’d love to learn from you. Leave your answer, question, or comment to one or more of the questions on my blog. It will be fascinating what we’ll learn from each other! That is what makes study groups so cool…everyone’s a teacher and everyone’s a student!
Daniel 1:3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility– 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” 11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. 17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. 18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. 21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.
1.) Daniel’s faithfulness and life of prayer has been a challenge to Christian’s in the midst of trails in ages. Do you think Daniel was special in some way or was he just like me and you? Explain your answer.
2.) Though Daniel found himself in a foreign culture which was hostile to his faith, he determined not to lower the standard of his faith. In our culture today, do believers lower their faith or stand firm like Daniel? Explain.
3.) Daniel obeyed God in Babylon just as he did in Judah. Are there areas in your personal life that you compromise? Why do you think obedience across the board is so difficult? Or why is it easier to obey God in one situation but not the other?
4.) God honors those who honor Him. “In all matter of wisdom and understanding, Daniel and his friends were found ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers.” Have you gained any benefits from honoring God with your life? What are they? What have you lost or may have lost by not remaining faithful?
5.) Though king Nebuchadnezzr had many counselors, Daniel was unique in that he had a personal relationship with God. God wanted to speak to the king and He did so by positioning Daniel in his courts. When the king had a dream, Daniel was there to explain them. Do you think God places Christian counselors before our leaders of today? Why or why not. Does God have you positioned to speak truth and wisdom to an unbelieving neighbor, friend, or co-worker?
Ask God today to give you the faith of Daniel in times of trouble and the strength to obey when everyone else is worshiping idols. He just may have a planned position for you that could change a life.