Daniel 1: Living Out Your Faith

Begin each devotional with a prayer that God would open the eyes of your understanding. 

Day 1: Daniel 1:1–2

Observations:

  1. Who was Jehoiakim?

  2. Who delivered him into the hands of the king of Babylon?

  3. Why did the Lord deliver the king of his people, Judah, into the hands of a foreign king? (2 Chronicles 36:5-8)

Application:

  • God was willing to deliver the king of his people into the hands of his enemies. What does this tell you about how seriously God takes evil among his people?

  • What warning should you take from this for your life? 

Pray


Day 2: Daniel 1:3–17

Observations:

  1. According to Daniel 1:5, what did the king assign to his young recruits?

  2. Why does Daniel not want to partake of the king’s food and wine?

  3. Verse 8 tells that us that Daniel “asked the chief official for _______________ not to defile himself this way”.

Application:

  • What are some reasons that it might not have been an easy decision for Daniel to refuse the king’s food and wine?

  • When Daniel realized that his earthly authority was causing him to dishonor God, he used wisdom by trying to find a peaceful solution. What situation do you find yourself in right now, for which you need the Lord to help you find a peaceful solution?

Pray


Day 3: Daniel 1:18–21

Observations:

  1. What do verses 19-20 tell us that the king thought about Daniel and his friends? 

  2. Verse 19 tells us that they entered the king’s service. According to the end of verse 20, what other kinds of people are also in the king’s service?

Application: 

  • When you are willing to honor God with your life, you may find that he allows you to serve him in some unusual situations. What unusual place or situation do you find yourself in right now? How could you allow the Lord to use you there? 

Pray

Joel Carter