Daniel 4 – Challenging faith in a complacent world
1. Do you feel scared, insignificant or weak as you seek to live as a faithful Christian on your frontline? Do you sometimes question if God is really King of this world? How do you deal with that?
Read Daniel chapter 4.
Focus: verses 1–18
2. This story comes from Nebuchadnezzar’s perspective (vv 1 & 4). Verses 1–3 are a summary of what he has learned. What does verse 2 teach us of his reason for writing it?
3. What do these verses teach us of Nebuchadnezzar’s frame of mind?
4. Why did God give Nebuchadnezzar the dream? What is the repeated theme of this chapter? See verses 17, 25, 32. What do we mean when we say God is sovereign?
Focus: verses 19–33
5. What are Nebuchadnezzar’s two main sins (vv 30 & 27)?
6. What is Daniel hoping Nebuchadnezzar will do as a response to this interpretation (v 27)?
7. What do Daniel’s actions, despite the alarm, teach us about challenging others?
8. How does Nebuchadnezzar initially respond to Daniel’s interpretation?
9. God humbles Nebuchadnezzar through suffering. We live in a fallen world where sin and suffering affect us all. If someone suffers it is not always because God is disciplining them. But can you think of an occasion when God sought to deal with your pride through a hard time?
Focus: verses 34–36
10. What can we learn from Nebuchadnezzar’s repentance?
11. How has this passage encouraged you that God is sovereign, that He is in control in the place He has put you and that “the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone He wishes”?
12. As we think about our mission to our communities and neighbourhoods, which friends can you be praying for that they would encounter God?
13. Are there any areas of your life where pride reigns, or areas where you are not recognising God’s sovereignty? If so, share these with one other person in the group or confess them to God quietly now and repent, seeking His sovereign will.