Daniel: Always trust God --- No matter what!
Daniel 6:1-28
Today Iím going to talk to you about a man in the Bible named Daniel. Have you heard of him? What do you know about Daniel? If Daniel could be here right now, I know what he would say to you. He would say this: Always trust God Ė no matter what! Can you say that with me: (repeat 2 or 3 times)
You see, Daniel trusted God for ALL his life. When he was your age, he grew up in a country called Israel. His parents taught him about His wonderful God. They taught him that he should always follow Godís laws, no matter what. Daniel grew up playing with his cousins. How many of you get to play with your cousins?
Danielís cousins were named Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. When they were playing games in Israel, Daniel might have called them Han, Mish, and Az! When Daniel was a little older than you are --- maybe about 12 or 13 years old Ö everything changed for him.
A King named Nebuchadnezzar went to war against the country of Israel. After he won the war, he took some of the young boys --- like Daniel, Han, Mish, and Az --- all back to his country with him. His country was named Babylon. The people who lived in Babylon did NOT know about God. They did not know about Godís laws, and they did not know that God loved them.
But Daniel remembered what his parents taught him (say it with me): Always trust God --- no matter what! King Nebuchadnezzer put Daniel and his cousins in a special school where they learned all kinds of good things, like how to read and write and do math Ö but this was a school that did not follow Godís laws. Theygave the students the kinds of food and drink that went against Godís laws for Israel.
Daniel went to the school teacher and he said, ďI want to obey my Godís laws. So please let me just drink water instead of wine. And let me eat vegetables and good meats instead of what the others are eating.Ē The school teacher said, ďOh, no, I canít do that! You have to do what the KING says!Ē But Daniel said, ďI have to do what my GOD says. Let me and my cousins eat the way Godís Law says. After a few months, you will see that we will be stronger and healthier than any of the other boys!Ē
So the school teacher decided to give it a try. And guess what? After a few months, Daniel and his cousins all looked stronger and healthier than any of the other boys! Their skin was smoother Ö their hair was thicker and shinier Ö their teeth were whiter Ö and their muscles were bigger. And all because they remembered what their parents taught them (say it with me): Always trust God --- no matter what!
If YOU trust God, then you will grow up stronger and healthier, too --- because Godís Word tells us how to live a good and healthy kind of life!
Well, years went by, and God watched over Daniel and his cousins while they grew up from boys to men. King Nebuchadnezzar got old and died and a new king took his place. His name was Beltshazzar. Then another
James Stanley
June 25, 2013
Very good lesson for youth. Thanks