This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Daniel 1) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The prophet Daniel was taken captive as a youth and brought to Babylon to be trained as an advisor for the king. He prophesied during the Judah’s 70 year exile in Babylon. He confronted pagan king’s regarding God’s worldwide rule, intrepreted dreams and foretold the future.
God led Daniel and his 3 friends to make a strange commitment when he and his friends were taken into the king’s palace to be trained in Babylonian customs and wisdom.
Ask the children…
What was Daniel’s commitment?
“But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king… ‘Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,’ Daniel said.” (Daniel 1:8, 12 )
When the Babylonian officials were hesitant to allow this, Daniel made a deal that if after 10 days they should be compared to the other youths to see if they should continue to eat this diet. How did God honor this commitment?
“At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.” (Daniel 1:15)
When God gave Daniel a conviction, He also honored that conviction. He does the same for us. If God tells us to do something and we commit to doing it like Daniel did, God will honor and bless that conviction. That doesn’t mean that everyone should only eat vegetables, God gives different convictions to different people in different circumstances.
Ask your children what convictions that God has given to them that they are committed to? For example, reading his word, prayer, not using foul language, exercising, giving some of our income away. How has God honored that commitment? How hard has it been to follow through on that commitment? Pray together and thank God for the convictions He has given us and ask Him to give strength to follow through and for God to honor for that commitment.
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