Daniel Week One, Day One Read Daniel 1:1-5 I was going into the second grade, and I had never been so mad at my mom. We were moving that summer, and I would have to change schools. I was nervous because I had friends at my old school, and I didn’t know anyone at all at the new school. I was not happy the first day of school. After a few months, though, I started really enjoying the new school. To this day, every time I drive by my old elementary school (even though they’ve since tore down the part of the school I went for most of my 2nd through 5th grade years), I think about how much I enjoyed going to school there and playing basketball on the parking lot. It was one of the first of many times a situation that seemed terrible at the time ended up working out really well. When Babylon conquered Jerusalem during Bible times, the Babylonians took away some of Jerusalem’s best and brightest young people (including Daniel) to serve the king in Babylon. Although those times had to be scary for Daniel and his friends, God ended up using that tough situation to do incredible things later on that wouldn’t have happened if not for them going through those terrible moments. Even though the king of Babylon thought that he was preparing the young Jewish leaders to serve Him (Daniel 1:5), God was really preparing to do great things through them. It’s not hard to find someone in our life who is facing a discouraging situation. Many times, we ourselves are facing dark and overwhelming times. In those moments, though, we can have faith that God will not only provide for us, but He can also do incredible things in the midst of the most stressful of circumstances. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be looking at stories of times God saved men from a fiery furnace, a lion’s den, and evil men. We will also see how God took down mighty kings with ease. We’ll learn just how big and strong God is. No matter what you’ve come up against, God is bigger and stronger than the situation you’re facing. There’s still hope because God is in the picture. REFLECT: When has God used a dark situation to do something positive down the road either in your life or someone else’s life. What did you learn from that situation. PRAY: Spend a few minutes talking to God about those dark situations He has turned into something positive. Thank Him for being there with you through those situations, and ask Him to help you learn and grow as He walks you through any tough times you’re going through right now. // 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 4]]>