The final two chapters of Daniel continues the prophetic vision given to him by the Heavenly man from Chapter 10. We see that there is a war between two unnamed kings. The prophet, though, reminds us that there will be a time when God will see His plan through and rescue his people. He says in verse 35 of Chapter 11, "Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time." The man explains to Daniel that God has a plan in all this. The final verse in the final chapter sums up the vision given to Daniel perfectly when Daniel is told, "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.” In all this, Daniel is reminded that his faithfulness to God throughout his life will be rewarded and he will find rest.
As we have walked through this journey in Daniel, we have received an amazing glimpse of
what true faith in God can do. We’re reminded from the beginning of God’s continued
faithfulness, as the Israelites are thrown into Babylon captivity, and his continued faithfulness
through the fiery furnace and lions den, and finally His faithfulness to bless Daniel and bring him rest as a result of his devotion to the Lord.
With today being the last devo, I want to challenge you to reflect. Take a moment and look back
at what you have learned. Pull out a journal or piece of paper and write down the biggest thing
you learned. But don’t keep it to yourself, tell someone!
(Take Time to Journal)
Maybe you learned that you need to be more humble before Christ or trust in his faithfulness
more. Maybe you’ve even realized how much stronger your faith can be if you just seek God. Whatever you have learned, take some time and talk to your savior about it.
(Pray for 5 min)
Right now we are living in a unique and uncertain time in the history. This year, 2020, will be a pivotal year in history as we look back on this global pandemic (COVID-19). I don’t know about you, but when I looked back on this experience I don’t want to be ashamed. Ashamed? You're probably asking why I would say ashamed. Students, look at the opportunity that you have right now. We can either waste it or we can be changed. We can be changed for our good and for Christ’s glory. I don’t want to leave this time unchanged. So many of us are stuck at home and we have so much time on our hands right now. There are no excuses not to seek after change. Yes, that is easier said than done; but students, I am so proud of how far you’ve come. If you have stuck with us for every one of these devos, don’t stop. Keep spending time with God. Let him change you as we continue on through this time of uncertainty. Maybe it’s time to show some serious faith, like Daniel. We aren’t called to stay the same. Ask God to change you. Students I leave you with this challenge: LIVE CHANGED. God wants all of you and with all of this time, don’t hold back. if you decide to live changed, watch what happens, as I am confident the Lord with be faithful to you just as He was to Daniel.
Join as we pray:
Dear God, thank you for your constant faithfulness. You have given us an amazing glimpse,
through Daniel, about what faith in You can do. Lord, don’t let us live unchanged during this
time. Convict us where you want us to change and draw us closer to your heart. Give us a
yearning after You and Your word. Lord, may we live changed. We love you, and praise you for
your goodness Father. We pray these things through Christ. Amen.
By Sam Steele (18 years old)
In this chapter, Daniel experiences a vision after fasting and praying for three weeks waiting for his prayer to be heard and answered. In chapter nine, we saw Daniel praying over the prophecy of Jeremiah that the captivity of Israel will only last for 70 years. Daniel knows that it has been almost 70 years since he himself had been taken captive. He began to pray and fast and began begging God to fulfill his promise. So, as we come into Chapter 10, a very upsetting reality occurred. It is 2 years after Chapter 9 and the people did not come back. So, through all of this, Daniel’s hope was not fulfilled through these past couple of chapters. Now, let us look at exactly why that is, and what God did instead.
Daniel Fasted for Three Weeks
(Read Daniel 10:2-3) - This fast lasted three weeks as Daniel was praying and waiting for his prayer to be answered. Daniel was an 85-year-old prophet in Babylon and fasting as an 85-year-old is not a slight task. Daniel’s dedication and willingness to understand overcomes the fact that he is an old man. Have you ever fasted, desiring to hear from God?
A Heavenly Figure Appeared
(Read Daniel 10:4-6) - Using verses from Revelation, some scholars believe – myself included - that this heavenly figure was Jesus, himself. You see, Christ has always existed; he was not created when he was birthed from Mary. Whether this was Christ in a preincarnate form or an angle of the Lord, this had to be an overwhelming experience for Daniel. How would you respond in such a moment as this? Shock, awe, wonder?
Daniel Is Decleated By God
(Read Daniel 10:7-11) - Imagine being a Quarterback. Instead of a wimpy high schooler trying to tackle you, you have God coming for you! I think that might hurt a little bit more than getting tackled by little Johnny. In verse seven, we see that all the people that Daniel was surrounded with “fled and hid themselves.” If Daniel was the only one who could see the vision, why did they need to hide? That is because they could not see anything, but our God is so big that they knew something was going on when the man appeared. We see in verse eight and nine that Daniel was so shocked and amazed that he fell into a place of unconsciousness and laid with his face on the ground. Then, God continues to show how great he is. He face planted Daniel, and then the man that God sent touched him on the back and he was risen to his hands and knees. Then in verse 11, we see that the man god sent basically tells Daniel, “Get up, what I have to tell you is important and I want you to listen to me.” Have you ever had a time when God spoke something important to you?
The Spiritual Warfare That We Rarely Think Of
(Read Daniel 10:12-14) - We see that Daniel’s prayer had been heard on the first day that he was trying to understand everything that was going on. Yet, because of spiritual warfare happening, the man God sent could not go to him yet. There is spiritual warfare going on every day, yet we get so upset about small petty things. For example, I turn 16 today and with everything going on (the COVID-19 pandemic); I cannot see my friends for my birthday. I cannot do anything. That is very upsetting to me, but I need to remember that while these inconveniences are happening in our lives, there are Angels defeating demonic beings for the protection of God’s plan. There are Angels going through spiritual warfare so I do not have to. There is so much more to God than just what we see on Earth. What inconveniences can you give to God today?
Daniel is Decleated by God…Again
(Read Daniel 10:15-21) - Daniel, once again, gets tackled by God and face plants onto the ground. There was nobody more godly than Daniel at that time. The fact that he is decleated twice is amazing to me! In these last few verses, Daniel was stripped of his strength, ability to speak, and even his breath. Then, this Angel reaches down and touches his lips, he gives him strength, and he helps Daniel back to consciousness. What an amazing sight that would be this to see. Now all of this to say, God will hear your prayers, but they may not be answered immediately or the way you’d like. When you are praying for something, you do not know what God’s plan is because he may have something different in store for you. We will get to see what God has in store for Daniel as we continue to read the Book of Daniel.
Join as we pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for this day and the youth group that I am blessed with. I thank you for everyone that you have put in my life to help influence me towards you. I pray that during this time you will keep our minds from temptation and on you. I pray that we use the resources you have blessed us with during this time with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is in your name I pray, Amen.
By Canyon Keller (16 years old)
The Power of Prayer
Sometimes when we get caught up in the day to day we forget to sit down and talk to God, but when disaster hits or that test we forgot about is next hour, suddenly prayer is top priority. I know I’m guilty of this. In chapter 9of Daniel, we will be diving into what prayer looked like for Daniel and how God can exceed our expectations in mighty ways.
(Read Daniel 9:1-2) - Daniel is reading the prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah. While he is reading, he sees that the captivity of the Israelites, his people, was prophesied years and years in advance. He also read about the time when they would be released to return to Jerusalem. This was exciting news to Daniel because nobody else knew about this prophecy!
2. Acknowledgement of sin
(Read Daniel 9:3-16) - Daniel is acknowledging his sins and the sins of his people. He humbles himself to repentance and acknowledges the sovereignty of God. We are a sinful people. It’s in our nature. But we need to learn this lesson from Daniel, that we must humbly come to God and acknowledge our sins, asking for forgiveness. Even ask God to help you through what you’re struggling with. God is a gracious and forgiving God who wants to walk through life with us. We just have to humble ourselves and ask forhelp. (1 John 1:9)
3. Prayer is powerful
(Read Daniel 9:17-19) - Daniel is praying scriptures and tells God that they do not deserve to go home, but that God is a merciful God. Daniel is showing his faith (Hebrews 11:1) in God by acknowledging God is a covenant God. God ALWAYS keeps His promises. One application we receive from this passage is to pray the scriptures. For example if you were to read Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me if you seek Me with all your heart” make your prayer “Lord help me to seek you with all my heart”.
4. Faithful obedience brings great reward
(Read Daniel 9: 20-27) - Because of Daniel’s obedience in repentance and prayer God blessed him with a message from the angel Gabriel. Not only were Daniel’s people going home, but he was to be given a vision of the Messiah! This was a huge deal because the people longed for the Messiah. He also was gifted a vision of the Jewish timeline. This passage exemplifies how God exceeds our expectations in ways we could never imagine. Daniel showed immediate faith and God gave him ten times what he expected.
I encourage you all to talk to our powerful God. Don’t put limits on God. The same God working miracles thousands of years ago is at work in us each day. God exceeded my expectations when praying for this current school year. I was scared to come to school for fear of being alone because I chose Christ over a set of friends. Not only did God give me a community at school, but one of those friends also accepted Christ about halfway through the year. God is still on the throne and prayer changes things. My challenge this week is to pray the scripture and talk to our Savior.
Join as we pray:
Dear God, thank you for this day. Lord, as we walk through this week I pray that you will reveal yourself to us through your word. Give us your strength and courage to walk through these difficult times and grow closer to you,bringing you glory throughout our lives. We love you andpray these things in your name. Amen.
By Hannah Rogers (16 years old)
As followers of Christ, we have a lot of things thrown at us to try and keep us from pursuing
God. Life happens. When we are walking through a storm, it’s easy to focus on the bad. It
seems easier in the moment to follow the ways of the world, but we'll realize God has bigger things for us if we follow His plan!
1. A Distinguished Lifestyle
(Read Daniel 6:1-5) - Daniel faced many trials throughout his life, but he continued to live a life
set apart from others around him. In chapter 1, we saw that Daniel gained favor for his actions,
and this favor helped him spread God to the people around him. When we, as Christians,
continue to live distinguished lifestyles in the midst of trial, we have such a strong testimony!
Daniel has been seen set apart once again, and God was able to do another great work in his life.
2. Respond with Prayer
(Read Daniel 6: 6-10) - Daniel knew that following God in this moment would be dangerous for
him, because he had been living set apart, the world would hate him for it. In John 15:19, Jesus
says “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are
not of the world, I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.” Despite this hatred towards
Daniel, more accurately, the hostility towards God through Daniel, he continued to follow the
Lord. His first response was not with fear, but with prayer! Because of his constant response of prayer, God was able to do amazing things in his life. Worry and fear can tear us up, but prayer brings us closer to the Father.
3. Unshakeable Faith
(Read Daniel 6:11-22) - When I was about 6 years old, my parents went on a cruise. I told them I wanted them to take a picture of a mermaid and bring it back to me as a souvenir. They brought me back a picture of a whale’s fin sticking out of the water and I believed it was a real-
life mermaid! As crazy as it sounds, I had faith that the picture was real. Of course, when I got older I realized it wasn't. Daniel had faith too. The kind of faith that delivered him from the lion’s den: an unshakable faith. Despite the persecution, Daniel could not be swayed from his faith in God. As we go through our own life, we cannot be shaken by the world, but we must hold tightly to our Savior who can and will deliver us!
4. God Over All
(Read Daniel 6:25-28) - We have all faced hard times in our life, and we all will face more, but
God is in control. The king issued a decree after Daniel survived the den claiming about God that, “He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end.” God has it under control, whatever your storm may be. He is the all-powerful, loving, merciful, creator of the universe. Give Him the praise and the glory for what He has done and let His power transform your life this week!
Join as we pray:
Father God, thank You being who You are. I ask that You be with each one of us this week as we
face our trials. Remind us that we have been called to be set apart from the world, characterized by response with prayer and an unshakable faith in You. Please, remind us everyday of your power over everything in our lives and in the world. Thank you for all You have done and all You continue to do. Amen.
Rylie Owens (17 years old)
When you were young, did you ever touch the stove, just to be sure it was hot? Your parents had told you over and over not to touch it, but you chose to do what you wanted to do instead. This is what we see in the story of King Belshazzar. He had the example of King Neb being humbled by the Lord, and being returned to his kingdom only through humility, yet he chose to ignore the example set before him and live in selfishness and pride. As we have seen many times, God humbles the proud.
1. Intentional Neglect
(Read Daniel 5:1-4) - Belshazzar was intentionally disobedient to the Lord. He took items that
had been dedicated to the Lord in the temple and used them for his own selfish purposes. Have
you ever taken a blessing from God, and in selfishness, used it to your own advantage?
Sometimes, we take things that should be dedicated to the Lord (our time, our attention, our
bodies, etc.), and we choose to put our selfish agenda over His perfect will.
2. Blurred Understanding
(Read Daniel 5: 5-9) - Because of Belshazzar’s ignorance and disobedience towards God, he
was not able to understand what God was saying to him. When we are so caught up in ourselves and only focused on our selfish desires, we begin to allow God’s voice to fade into the
background. With His voice gone, the only voice remaining is our own. And we may think that is
great for a time, until we come up to something we do not understand. Since our voice is the only one present, we have no answers or understanding to guide us. There is a lack of understanding due to our selfishness. When we fade God’s voice out, we find ourselves in a dangerous place.
3. Reverent Humility
(Read Daniel 5:10-17) - Daniel had a great reputation and was well-known throughout the
kingdom, because of the ways that God had worked through him. Yet in all of this, Daniel was
humble, and acknowledged the Lord in all of it. Everyone thought of him being wise, but he
always pointed it back to the wisdom of God. This is an example we ought to follow. Take a
self-inventory and look at what areas of your life you need to give God more glory for. Where do
you need to decrease so that He can increase?
4. Personal Reflection
(Read Daniel 5:18-21) - Daniel gave a reflection of the ways that God had made Himself known
in the past, and how He had the power and sovereignty to humble the proud. Take a moment to personally reflect on the ways you have seen God show up in your life. How has He humbled
you? How has He helped you to overcome sin? How has your walk with Him changed in the past year?
5. Due Recognition
(Read Daniel 5:22-31) - Belshazzar knew of how God had humbled King Neb (in chapter 4),
and that through humility Neb was restored to power, only because he turned his eyes to the
Lord, repented of his pride, and worshiped the Lord. Belshazzar knew all of this, but he chose to
ignore the example set before him. He chose selfishness in all he did, and there were
consequences to his actions. We never want to be so prideful that God has to humble us, but we ought to thank Him when He does. Life is so much better when we live in humility, honoring the One who truly deserves it.
Join as we pray:
Lord, thank you for this example of pride and humility. Please help us to not neglect your word,
but to accept it wholeheartedly. Point out to us what parts of our life we need to give you more
glory for and humble us before Your throne. We want to honor you with all we have. Open our
hearts to not be hearers only, but doers of the Word. We love you Lord. Amen.
By Christian "Cheeto" James (17 years old)
God humbles the proud.
We all are prideful people, its in our nature. But we shouldn’t accept being prideful. We should allow God to take us from being prideful to being humble. Humble is knowing that you can’t do things on your own and need God's help. This means giving Him the credit, not taking credit for yourself.
1. God is above all.
(Read Daniel 4:1-18) - King Nebuchadnezzar (King Neb), tells about the dream he had, and no one could explain it to him. So they called Daniel to come and explain the dream to King Neb. In verse 17 it says, “For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone He chooses, even the lowliest of people”. We might not have a kingdom, but this is still applicable. We must remember that God is above everything in our lives. In our sports, school work, friend groups, family, everything! Without Him, we wouldn’t even have any of those things. So we need to make sure that we are giving him credit for everything in our life.
2. The dream is fulfilled.
(Read Daniel 4:19-33) - Daniel explains the dream to King Neb. The tree is him and because of his pride, God is going to take him off the throne and he will live and act like a wild animal. Daniel tried to warn King Neb, but because King Neb was so prideful, he continued to live the same way. Whenever we are prideful, it blocks out your faith in God. Pride makes you trust in yourself, rather than the goodness of God. In verse 30 King Neb says, “Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.” In that moment, his dream was fulfilled. Because of his pride, he became like a wild animal and he lived this way for a long time.
3. Be Humble.
(Read Daniel 4:34-37) – Finally, King Neb returns to sanity and becomes king again. But something we need to notice, is right after he had been captive as a wild animal for so long, right when he returned to sanity, he immediately started praising and worshiping God! He started thanking God for humbling him! Even though he had gone through all that, he realized God did it for him! If God hadn’t, King Neb would have still been living pridefully. In all actuality, it is so much more enjoyable to live humbly and not pridefully. Many times when you are living pridefully, all you can think about is yourself and making sure you are better than others. But, when you live humbly, you are able to give all you have to God. You are able to show and tell others what he is doing in your life and your life will change for the better. We can’t live a holy life on our own. Choose to be humble and let your faith become stronger.
Join as we pray:
Dear Lord, thank you for the life that you have given us. Nothing in our life is possible without you. I pray that you will help us remember that. Humble us and help us see the places in our lives where we are living pridefully. Lord, help us take those prideful areas in our lives and change them to glorify you in all we do. Guide us to live according to your will, and not our own. Amen.
By Maggie James (16 years old)
Even as devoted followers of Christ, it is easy to get caught up in the "things" of this world. We worry and we fear about what others will think of us. We just want to fit in because we don't want the consequences of being different. We get stuck going through the motions, and do anything to try and make our lives easier. In turn, we disobey what God has commanded us to do. We listen to the things of this world rather than the wisdom and power of our heavenly father. We forget whose we are, why we are here, and what our purpose is. In the third chapter of Daniel, lies one of the most known old testament stories. It is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace. This story is such an encouragement to why we must live our lives for the Lord without fear.
1. Confident Humility
(Read 3:1-12) - When we aren’t living to serve God because we are worried about how people will see us, we are making an idol of our own identity. This is exactly what King Neb does after Daniel interprets his dream, except he builds a huge golden statue and demands that everyone worship it. Being the brave men of Christ that they were, the three amigos refused to worship this idol. Even though others saw this and tattled to the King, they had confident humility through God.
2. Bold Faith
(Read 3: 13-23) - As soon as the king heard that three men weren’t worshiping his statue, he was furious. He called them to his kingdom, but since they were friends of Daniel who interpreted the king's dream, Neb gave them a second chance to worship his idol. Even though they knew the consequence, they once again refused to bow down to it, saying in verse 16, “...If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” This is a HUGE act of bold faith. These men knew they’d be thrown into the fire, but they remained obedient to God, whether he was going to save them or not. How can we have that same BOLD FAITH to trust God in the unknown?
3. Being Set Apart
(Read 3:24-30) - King Neb gets even angrier, has his soldiers turn the furnace all the way up (which kills the soldiers), and throws the three amigos into the fire. But the men just walk around in the fire, and a fourth figure appears with them! Then the three walk out of the fire, unharmed. King Neb instantly repents, and commands all of his people to repent and worship Yahweh, the one who saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Because these men chose to be set apart, the whole nation of babel came to know God. A verse that serves as a good reminder of this is Deuteronomy 14:2. Moses is encouraging the Israelites who are questioning God's faithfulness. He says, “You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the Earth to be his own special treasure.” Through Jesus, God chooses anyone who comes to him! That mean us! God sets his treasures in jars of clay, that's what you are. You are to be set apart in the way you live your life. Maybe it won’t be as extreme as jumping into a fiery furnace, but God is pleased by all faith in him, big or small. He is faithful even when we are faithless. How can you show your faithfulness and trust in God?
Join as we pray:
Dear heavenly father, thank you for your faithfulness to us. Even when we are in a storm, when we are going through a trial, when we are confused about the “why?”, you are faithful to us. Give us peace in knowing that. Lord, help us to not be afraid of whose we are and help us to have confident humility in you. As we face opportunities in our life, give us bold faith to do what you have commanded us to do. Remind us to not blend into this world, but live set apart as your holy people. It’s in your Holy name we pray, Amen.
By Devin Barnhart (18 years old)
In our previous chapter, we saw Daniel and his friends go through besiegement. They are brought to the kings court and impress King Neb so much that he places them on the royal service. This leads to the story in chapter two, where King Neb dreams some disturbing things and wants answers. (v. 1-4)
1. Earthly Hopelessness
(Read Daniel 2:5-11) - King Neb wanted answers, and he wanted them now. The astrologers, philosophers, and all the wise men knew that they couldn’t do what he asked of them. Everyone was ordered to be executed – even Daniel and his friends. Sometimes, things look hopeless. Sometimes, things seem to lead to nowhere. Have you ever felt hopeless? Or maybe even completely lost? The unknown can bring a lot of worry and stress, but even amidst the darkness, God is faithful to provide.
2. Bold Humility
(Read Daniel 2:14-16) - Daniel was looking death in the face, yet he used wisdom and discretion in faith. He had bold humility, something that may seem like an oxymoron. Through the fear and worry, Daniel remained at peace with the confidence in God’s faithfulness. He knew that the Lord’s hand was in his situation, even if the end was uncertain. Daniel wasn’t consumed by the worry, but found peace in God’s faithfulness. Have you ever had a situation where you got consumed by its worry?
3. Heavenly Counsel
(Read Daniel 2:17-23) - With time running out, Daniel went to his friends. He told them what was happening and asked for them to pray. Sharing our burdens is sometimes hard to admit. Sometimes I’d rather deal with things on my own than tell someone else. But the Lord tells us to share one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), but also present them to Him (Phil. 4:6-7). This is exactly what Daniel did. He praised the Lord for who He is and gave light to what He can do. Do you remember a time in your own life when you went to the Lord in desperation? Or a friend? In verse 23, we see a posture of praise change to a posture of thankfulness. Daniel thanked the Lord for something he had confidence in: he thanked the Lord for his faithfulness.
4. Faithful Promise
(Read Daniel 2:24-45) - Daniel went vulnerably to the King to tell him the meaning of his dream. The lives of all of the astrologers, magicians, enchanters, and even his friends were depending on him. Wow! That’s a big responsibility. Have you ever felt overwhelmed or consumed with responsibility? Daniel wasn’t blind to this, but put himself forward because there was something greater speaking through him. He knew his limitations, and even told King Neb that he was incapable; yet, through Daniel’s weakness, God’s power was revealed. Do you remember a time where you had to be vulnerable? How did you respond? Even when we are weak, God remains faithful.
5. Contagious Faith
(Read Daniel 2:46-49) - Daniel’s act of selflessness, faith, humility, and confidence all
showcased one thing – a great and mighty God. Because of the risks that Daniel and his friends took, lives were saved both literally and spiritually. I challenge you to have contagious faith. Daniel’s faith affected everyone around him. He saved many lives then and there, but he also saved his nation for the future.
Join as we pray:
God, reveal to us the capacity of your heart. Help us have bold humility through the worry and contagious faith through danger. Thank you for showcasing your faithfulness to us. Give us faith even when we cannot see. Let us be fully and devoutly yours. Amen.
By Johanna Linson (17 years old)
God is Faithful ... even when we can’t see!
We all have trials that we go through every day. It can be hard sometimes to have the faith that God is faithful in those situations. But those moments are what make our personal walk with God true authentic faith. True Authentic Faith is believing that God is faithful even when we can’t see how.
(Read Daniel 1:1-2) - We see king Nebuchadnezzar (king of Babylon) as he attacks Judah and takes the people of the Judah as captives. Daniel, his family, and his friends have now been taken away from their homes in a snap of a finger ... poof ... gone! That’s scary! What if we were put in that situation? To be taken from the place we love and be thrown into uncertainty. Many of us would panic, but we see that Daniel had faith in God, even when he couldn’t see.
1. God is Faithful in the Scary Moments
(Read Daniel 1:3-6) - Daniel and his three friends are now separated from the rest of Israel, so that they can be taught the ways of Babylon. This is crazy! First, they are taken from their homes and country. Now, they’re taken away from their family and friends! Why? Because king Neb said so. But even in this unfair situation Daniel still had faith.
2. God is Faithful in the Unfair Moments
(Read Daniel 1:7) - Daniel and his friends have their names taken away and replaced with new ones. Instead of falling apart and screaming at God “where are You!?", they had faith in God even in an unfair situation. The four of them could see the truth that has been hidden in the obvious. The truth that no matter what happens God is always faithful.
3. God is Faithful in the Unclear Moments.
(Read Daniel 1:8-14) - Daniel and his three friends stand up for what they know is right. While all the other men that were taken from Judah eat the king’s meals and drink his wine, these four men go against the words of the king and follow the law of the Lord. They realized they had to go against the culture to follow the Lord.
(Read Daniel 1:15-21) - God was faithful to Daniel and his friends. Because of their Faith in
Him, He was able to work in the lives of king Neb and his officials. Daniel chose to see God as faithful in a hopeless circumstance. God protected and provided for these men. He loved them even though it wasn’t clear for Daniel to see His love working. God was faithful and still is. With faith we don’t need to see the big picture of God’s plan for our lives. Why? Because then it wouldn’t be faith at all. God gives us glimpses of His faithfulness through small things, like an encouraging conversation with someone or a verse in His word. But know this ... Having true authentic faith rests in relying on God alone.
Join as we pray:
God, I pray that you would open our eyes to the great works that you are continually doing. Deepen our faith and let us not live a life blindly and stumbling through life meaninglessly. Please, give us moments like these that will build our faith in You. Lead us in your will. Give us guidance. Build our little faith into True Authentic Faith. Amen.
By Roman James (18 years old)
Faith is what I would describe solely as our view of God. The view that He is the indescribable creator of the universe and in control of everything, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves we can survive without him. Wouldn’t it be amazing if every single one of us had that view of our creator? So many things in our lives would seem way smaller than we believe they are. In fact, in light of everything going on in the world today, many of us have fallen into a faithless mindset. We have formed our lives so that if God didn’t exist, everything would be alright. We have our car, job, food, family, friends, you name it, to sustain us. We have failing faith.
Failing faith is very common among the church today, and it isn’t a surprise seeing this from broken and selfish people. Even I struggle having faith when I can’t see God’s major plan.
That is why Evergreen Students has decided to study faith in Christ as a community, through a devotional series through the Book of Daniel. We have brought together a group of student leaders to read through and study Daniel together. Each day one student will be sharing a devotional over a specific chapter. The purpose is to observe faith in the book of Daniel. This is the faith shown even when the Israelites were in captivity. You see, Daniel is recounting a time where the Israelites had no hope - some even doubted God. But throughout its story God’s faithfulness is revealed, shining hope within a hopeless circumstance. So, as you read through these devotions, open your heart.
God doesn’t call us to step back from the Bible and just observe it, so dive in! We are called to be doers of His word, as stated in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”. Why are we often times only hearers of the word? We are only fooling ourselves. We as Christians must stop being only hearers. We go to church begging to “hear” God’s word and leave without being changed. Maybe we even convince ourselves that we have faith. But can others tell by our faith if we belong to God? We rely on hearing the word every day that Church is in session, yet we don’t take time to explore it ourselves and apply it. Take ownership of your faith as you read through Daniel.
Faith in Christ is the center point of our lives, and without it, how can we live for Christ? God has created all things to point to His glory, even within brokenness. We are broken, but faith bridges our gap to Christ. Your faith is your own, not your parents, brothers, sisters, pastors, or teachers. Realize now that YOUR FAITH IS YOUR OWN.
Join as we pray:
Father, please captivate our hearts as we strive to live true faith. May You use Evergreen students as a community to build faith that is completely in You. Open our hearts as we prepare for your word. Amen.
By Sam Steele (17 years old)