Daniel 1: Friends Make the Difference
Begin each devotional with a prayer that God would open the eyes of your understanding.
What happened to Paul and Silas?
How did they respond?
If you had been beaten, you were sore and bleeding, and then your feet were put into a device that kept you from being able to move or get comfortable, it would be very hard to sleep or rest. It would probably not be my first thought to sing songs. However, one of these men must have suggested it to the other.
Are you usually the friend with a positive outlook or a “realistic” outlook?
What are the benefits of your outlook?
What are the benefits of having a friend that at times balances your outlook?
Ruth 1:1-5; Ruth 1:12-18; Ruth 3:1-4; Ruth 4:13-17
What did Ruth do for Naomi that Orpah did not?
According to Ruth 3, in what way does Naomi now take care of Ruth?
Ruth was Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Do have a family member that has also been a good friend to you?
Can you think of a time when a friend sticking with you helped to lift your spirits?
What friend can you do this for today?
1 Samuel 19:1-3; 1 Samuel 20:1-4; 1 Samuel 23:14-18
How are Saul and Jonathan related?
What did Jonathan do when he learned that Saul wanted to kill David?
For Jonathan, being loyal to his friend meant being disloyal to his father. After reading 1 Samuel 20:1-4, do you think Jonathan made the right choice? Why or why not?
Write about a time when you stood on the side of a friend that had done nothing wrong even though it meant appearing “disloyal” to someone you had known longer?