When Daniel and his friends were young, they were taken captive and sent from Jerusalem to Babylon. During their time in Babylon, Daniel and his friends continued to worship God. Although the Babylonian people worshipped many gods, God showered them with favor for their faithfulness to Him. God blessed them with increased wisdom and understanding. In addition to this, Daniel and his friends were hard workers and always put forth their best work.
When King Darius was in power, he decided to appoint 120 satraps (say-traps) or local rulers over the whole kingdom. Then, King Darius appointed three high officials over the 120 say-traps. Although Daniel was a foreigner, King Darius chose him as one of the three high officials. Daniel did such a great job that the king wanted Daniel to become the highest official in the kingdom over all the high officials and the satraps. This would place him over the entire kingdom. The high official and satraps became angry and devised a plan to get rid of Daniel.
Because Daniel always did a great job, they could not find any fault in his work. Thus, they decided that they would have to use his belief in God to cause him to fall. The high officials and satraps convinced King Darius to sign a law that no person could worship any other god or man, except the king for thirty days. Once the document was signed, the king could not change the rule. When Daniel heard that the document was signed, he went to his home and prayed in his window like he always had done. Of course, the other high officials and satraps told the king. Now, King Darius never intended to harm Daniel, but he could not change the law. King Darius was stressed out. He didn’t want Daniel to die. However, he had to carry out the punishment and throw Daniel into the lion’s den.
Daniel was taken to the lion’s den. All night King Darius fasted. He did not sleep nor was he entertained. When the morning came, King Darius ran to the lions’ den and called out Daniel’s name. Daniel responded. He was alive. God had sent angels to shut the lions’ mouth. King Darius had Daniel removed from the lions’ den and commanded the conspirators to be thrown in along with their wives, and children. No one survived. King Daniel made a new law that people were to respect the God that Daniel served.
Source: Daniel 1 and 6.
- What does the word unintended or unintentional mean to you and give an example?
- What unintended actions took place in this story?
- Why did King Darius agree to the rule? What would have happened if God had not intervened?
- Should Daniel have prayed to God knowing trouble was coming? Why or why not?
- When our behavior causes unintended consequences, who do you think should take responsibility for what happens as a result?
- If we realize that our behavior has caused unintentional results, what should we do?
- How can we make wiser decisions to help us avoid causing unintended consequences?
What does the bible say about making good decisions? Discuss
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
- If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
As young children, we learn to stop, look, and listen before crossing a street. We do this to avoid danger because as young children we tend to want to run across a street. In life, we need to stop, look and listen before taking sudden actions. Stop looking at what you can get out of the situation, look at who is telling you to do it, and really listen to make sure the action you take will not cause you to regret your decision later. Danger lurks, and the enemy is ready for you to fall.
Father God, we know that we are in spiritual warfare. Whomever the devil can take down with him, he will try. Help us to stay aware of the danger that lurks. Keep us on the right path. Help us to stop looking at situations for our benefit only and look at what is really being done and listen for what is truly said. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Stop. Look. Listen. Ask yourself, “Is this of God?”
After reading and discussing the stories and scriptures, what do you think God wants you to know? How will you make that happen in your life? Give an example.
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