Last week, we talked about how Daniel resolved to not defile himself and how in a sin soaked world we can do the same. This week we continued with the second part our of a three week series, “YOU ARE HERE” –the you being God. The basis for this series is a look at Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a young teenage boy who, along with his friends, was snatched from the comforts of Jerusalem to the pagan culture of Babylon. The Babylonians wanted to turn good Jewish young men into Babylonians. Yet when he was thrust into this culture that was much different from the Jewish culture and lifestyle of living for God, Daniel was still able to live a pure life. He was able to live a holy life because Daniel knew whose he was and he knew that God was with him. Daniel was not the only one who took a stand. He had three friends known by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego, who also took a stand in a prideful culture.
We challenged your students this week to build upon the fact that we have to know God to live holy lives. The next step is to trust God and that His way is the way worth pursuing. Often times we think knowing something is enough. Many of your students shared how they know what is right or wrong, but don’t always choose what’s right. Knowledge doesn’t intrinsically You know this first hand as their parents. We challenged the students to ask “How do we get to a point to where we are actually trusting God moment by moment?” When the pressure mounts and we cognitively know God is there for us, do we believe and act upon the right path? In essence, do we take that step/stand of faith and trust God? Ultimately, students will have to resolve themselves to not be defiled by worldly and cultural pressures and instead live for God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego were able to answer the question mentioned earlier by knowing who God is and what God is like. Through studying the Word from a very young age and communicating with God through prayer, they were able to not defile themselves by bowing. In order to live a Christ-centered life we too must know who God is and how He acts, so that we know whose we are. Because of this we can then live in response to our identity in the Father. We challenged the students to take a step to trust God more this week.
KEY TEXT: Daniel 3:16-18
CRITICAL QUESTIONS: How do we resolve to not defile ourselves in a sin soaked world as we live for God? How do we trust God? What’s your next step this week in trusting God more?