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Reading Assignments – Week 3
MONDAY – Read 1 Kings 18:16-45 – “Elijah and the Fire from Heaven”
WEDNESDAY – Read Daniel 6:1-26 “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”
FRIDAY – Read Daniel 3:1-30 “ A Fourth Man in the Fire”
On each day of these days ask yourself the following questions:
- What have I learned from this scripture?
- How was faith exercised?
- How can I apply this to my life?
On the alternate days, dig deeper by reading the surrounding chapters. You might also like to use the resource links provided below to study further. Once you dig deeper, ask yourself the following question:
What have I learned about God’s provision?
These are my favourite online Bible study tools!
Bible Gateway – Every version you can imagine is online
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
Looking for an easier commentary? Here’s the Concise Version
Other commentaries you might preferInterlinear Bible – I love this one!
Blue Letter Bible – Dig into the Hebrew and Greek
Bible Word Search
Week 3 – Faith Glorifies God Intro.
Few are as bold as the men we read about this week. Standing firm in the face of affliction, their faith doesn’t waiver or fail.
I remember growing up as a child and hearing the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. My first thought was that this man was brave, his faith was strong, he glorified God… The thing is, my focus was off. My eyes were on Daniel, when they should have been focused on the power of God working through him.
In Philippians 2, Paul writes, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (NIV) And so we see that these men were nothing without the grace of God working in them and through them.
This wasn’t a secret to Daniel. He understood that every detail of his life—both the good and the bad–was written according to plan. He knew that the heart of the king was in the palm of God’s hand. In fact, when Daniel set out to write this book, he began by writing, “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand.” (Daniel 1:1-2, NIV)
Boom—right there Daniel gives glory to God. He doesn’t leave interpretation open to chance. Instead, he clarifies the fact that God is the one at the helm, steering this ship.
Keep reading through the book of Daniel and you’ll see this point driven home again and again: God is the one in control. Whether there’s one faithful man in the lion’s den or three in the fire, God’s the one changing lives. He’s the one giving strength to the weak. He’s the one deciding when and how a heart will be softened.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” – Proverbs 21:1
Turning to the story of Elijah, we see an unusual yet faithful man. The Bible tells us that he was fed by ravens who brought him bread and meat in the morning and again in the evening. He healed a widow’s deceased son, and when his days were finally numbered, he was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.
This man was bold, as we see in the story of the fire from heaven. He stood alone against 450 prophets of Baal, and in fact, the Bible tells us that he mocked them. Who does that? Most people don’t have the courage to stand up to one man let alone mock 450 unbelievers, yet this man stood there boldly declaring his faith believing that God in turn would be faithful.
Like Daniel and his friends, Elijah did this for one simple reason–to glorify God. He knew that there wasn’t anything he could do to change their hearts and minds, but he was well aware that God could.
“Answer me, Lord, answer me,” he said, “so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” (1 Kings 18:37, NIV)
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THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
Witness God’s hand as it moves in your life. Look past every gift to give thanks to The Giver. Look past every victory to give praise to The Victor.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:13, NIV
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
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