Daniel Week Two, Day One Read Daniel 2:1-13 When I was a teenager, I went through my disrespectful years just like most everyone else. I didn’t want to hang out with my parents. I just wanted to do my own thing. Even worse, whatever my parents told me to do, I wanted to do the exact opposite. Looking back, most of the things they told me to do was for my own good, but I couldn’t see it at the time. I didn’t trust them. I didn’t seek answers from them. Instead I pushed them away. King Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream, and, like so many of us when we are stretched beyond our limits, the king went looking for answers in all the wrong places. The king was a harsh ruler who richly rewarded those who told him what he wanted to hear and had those who didn’t executed. The king went looking for answers in places other than God, and it led him to do some pretty sinful things. The king issued a ridiculous challenge to the wise men that served him. He wanted them to recite the dream that the king had. No one could do it, so he issued a law for all the wise people, including Daniel and his friends, be put to death. Whenever our focus moves from God to searching for answers in the wrong places, it will always lead to us doing things that run completely counter to the heart of God. When we leave God out of the equation of our lives, we will quickly find ourselves in places we never intended to be. Instead of seeking answers in all the wrong places, it’s time for us to look to God alone for answers when we are stretched beyond our limit. It is then that God teaches us and helps us to grow. REFLECT: What ways have you lost focus in your life because you have been stretched? What do you think God would want for you to do about it? PRAY: As you pray today, be honest with God. If you feel stretched, share that with Him. Spend some time in your prayer time simply sharing your heart with God. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Luke 9]]>