Daniel | Day Five
By: Chelsea Vaughn
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There are some people in our lives, our school, or even our families that are simply hard to love. It is challenging to care for people who constantly seem negative, prideful, and selfish. It’s even more difficult to believe they’ll ever change from those ways. Time and time again, God radically saves people in Scripture. Today, we get to experience one of these radical stories of redemption.
Read Daniel 4.
“At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever” [Verse 34]
King Nebuchadnezzar was the hopeless guy. Really. Think about him for a second, he’s the guy you just know won’t ever believe. His pride, his agenda, and his ego won’t let him submit to any authority but his own. He was the king after all, right? His own kingdom seemed far too big and powerful for his eyes to be opened to the depravity of his heart. God knew this too, so it seems God cultivated this trusted relationship with Daniel in order that one day, he just may relent to his own ways.
The last vision Daniel revealed to the king was, in theory, the most profound. Its interpretation seemingly said, “if you don’t turn now, then you’re going to lose this big kingdom of yours.” Well, just as expected, king Nebuchadnezzar refused any thought of relinquishing control. The last resort, his last hope...would King Nebuchadnezzar see the light if everything was stripped from him? Shockingly, he did. In his last days, without a memory of the kingdom he built, he chose to turn his face to God in full surrender and worship.
Why is pride so powerful? (Be thorough in your response)
What area of your life is hardest to let go of?
Is God capable of control?
How can we see true evidence of surrender to God?
Do you have people in your life that don’t know God?
Write out five questions you may ask a friend who is not authentically surrendered to God.
Read Daniel 5.
This story makes me sad. Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, looks a lot like his father. His arrogant ways lead him into trouble. Daniel is summoned with the hope and intention that he’ll provide some peace after the unsettling writing on the wall situation. If he can interpret the writing, then he’ll be third in the reign of the kingdom. The end result of Belshazzar is sad and traumatic, but God moves Daniel up in the kingdom yet again. His humble willingness to serve and submit consistently results in a higher place of power to leverage for God’s glory.
Have you ever had a position of leadership?
Have you ever taken the opportunity to leverage it for God’s glory?
How would you define humility?
As we close today’s study, reflect and spend some time writing out a story of how God has graciously humbled you.