Family Devotional Guide - 9/13/20
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 4:1-3
DISCUSSION: After seeing Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah delivered from the fiery furnace (cf. chap. 3), King Nebuchadnezzar developed a new respect and awe for the Lord God. Do you think Nebuchadnezzar had a better understanding of Yahweh, the God of the Bible? Do you think that Daniel and his friends had a godly influence on his understanding? How might we influence those in authority and their knowledge of biblical truth?
SONG: “Ancient Words” by Lynn DeShazo
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 4:4-25
DISCUSSION: Here we see Nebuchadnezzar being given another dream, and this dream includes a judgment that was soon to come on the king. Discuss the role that judgment plays in the lives of human beings. What might have happened to Nebuchadnezzar had the Lord not executed this punishment mentioned in vv. 24-25?
SONG: “Blessed Be Your Name” by Beth Redman & Matt Redman
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 4:26-27
DISCUSSION: After the judgment pronounced on the king in v. 25, we see that the Lord had a purpose in that judgment (i.e. “till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses”). We see here that it is an act of God’s grace to teach something of Himself to the king. We also see God’s grace here in vv. 26-27 as the Lord confirmed the king’s reign (v. 26) and even a hint of “lengthening of your prosperity” (v. 27) if he were to repent of his sins. Spend some time thanking the Lord that there is an assurance of pardon when we come to the Lord in humble repentance, seeking His forgiveness (cf. 1 John 1:9).
SONG: “Grace Greater than Our Sin” by Daniel B. Towner & Julia H. Johnston