by: Cindy Rolenc
Named after its writer, Daniel's book is a product of his time in Babylon as a Jewish exile from Israel. While still a young man, Daniel travelled to Babylon with a group of young Israelite men whom the conquering power felt could be of use in service.
Daniel's faithful service to the Lord in a land and culture not his own makes him unique among almost all the people of Scripture - Daniel stands as one of the only major figures in the Bible to produce a completely positive record of his actions.
I encourage you to read Daniel chapter 2 before diving into the questions.
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Questions to Ponder
1. Why is there such a sudden shift in tone from chapter 1 to chapter 2? What does this say about the path Daniel's life is about to take? How does the inconsistency of the king help to underline the consistency of God's role in Daniel's life?
2. Think of a time you've faced or seen a seemingly impossible situation. How might God have used that situation to reveal His greatness?
3. How does Daniel respond to the threat from King Nebuchadnezzar? What does Daniel's response reveal about his faith and character? Did Daniel doubt God?
4. What role does prayer play in your response to difficult situations? When life is hard, do you tend to rely on God or ignore Him and deal with the situation yourself?
5. If you've ever been given praise for a particularly wise thought or action, how did that make you feel? What does it look like to give the glory to God for things you apparently do for others? How can you remain humble when God uses you to do great things?
6. Why does God sometimes put His servants in places of high authority? What privileges come with such positions? What dangers?
7. Do you need to be more trusting of God when things look grim? Do you need to learn humility for good things God has granted you to accomplish?
8. Consider the things in your life today that require a great deal of trust - anything from a relationship challenge to an uncertain job situation. What are you doing today to seek God's wisdom for these situations?