October 22, 2023
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Story Focus: In week four, we continue the story with Daniel’s friends in Daniel 3. No one would have thought differently about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego if they had bowed down to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue to escape the fiery furnace. But they decided to obey God, even though it might have cost them. God came through and rescued them from the furnace. Because of the integrity these men showed, others were able to see God’s power too.
Bottom Line: When you do what’s right, others can see God. Almost every single day, kids will face a moment when they’ll need to think about making some sort of wise choice—from how much effort to give a project at school, to the way they play at soccer practice, to the way they treat peers they may not always get along with. And as easy as some of these choices might seem to us, kids are thinking about lots of variables, like friends and how people might respond to them. We pray that as kids learn about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they’ll realize the importance of doing the right thing . . . and that if they do what’s right, they can even help others see what God is like.
Key Question: When has someone helped you see God? Kids can find it frustrating when they’re unable to see God like they see other people in their lives. They may even start to question if God is real. But we hope that preteens will start to understand how they can see God through other people. As the people in our life care for us, encourage us, or help us, they can show us how God is working in our lives. We hope that kids will learn how they can do the same thing for other people too.