Not Panicking – Maintaining Strong Convictions and Confidence in Times of Chaos
Scriptural background Daniel 2
Key Verse: Daniel 2:24 ~ Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”
1. What was Daniel’s initial reaction to the kings’ decree (verses 14-15)?
2. What does Daniel model for us in his initial responses to the officer who has been sent to execute him (verses 14-16)? What do you think Daniel might have said? (Hint: Jot down a few wise and tactful responses he might have given).
3. What does Daniel’s reaction tell us about how he handled pressure? What do you think fueled his responses?
4. Once he had bought some time, to whom did Daniel turn for help (verses 17-18)? What did he specifically ask them to do?
5. What do we learn from the examples of Daniel and his friends about how to handle difficult situations that take us by surprise?
6. How did God respond to this crisis (verse 19)? What do we learn about God from His response?
7. What did Arioch believe was the solution to the king’s problem (verse 25)? Where did Daniel immediately place the focus (verse 27-28)?
8. How did the king respond to Daniel’s interpretation (verses 46-47)?
9. How did God bless Daniel for standing firm in his faith under pressure?
10. Do you think God still rewards men for taking steps of faith for Him? When have you experienced or observed this?
Call to Action
Pick a situation where God is calling you to trust Him for breakthrough.
Choose a few prayer partners to pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength from the Lord for the situation over a 30 day period.
Reflect on the situation after 30 days to see how God has revealed Himself and what He has taught you through the process.
James Williams: God is not moved, shaken, or surprised by anything that occurs or will occur. As such if we are His, then we can rest assured that He can carry us through anything. Knowing and living like we are sons of the Most High can center and ground us when all around us appears to be falling apart. In our humanness it is easy to get alarmed and respond emotionally, in fact it is natural. The beauty of God’s spirit is that He is supernatural and is able to keep us even when our own flesh wants to panic.
Michael Corks: Thank you for tuning in! During this week I hope that you will join me in staying calm and not panicking in times of crisis or uncertainty. Remember that God knows all things past, present, and future and he is in complete control. So whatever you are going through, God already has a plan to bring you out of it. You only have three things to do.
1) Pray to God
2) Watch God handle it
3) Praise Him for delivering you through that crisis.
That's it! Our awesome God will take care of the rest.