This picture does nothing for me. For some of you, you can look at this picture and wish to eat every single bite. For me, I would ask where the ranch dressing is!

Speaking of vegetables, yesterday in Kids Worship the kids talked about Daniel and his three friends: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. You probably know them as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

When the Northern and Southern Kingdoms were overtaken by Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar took all of the young men who were strong and smart to serve in his palace.

These four boys were a part of that group. They served God. They loved God. Nebuchadnezzar did not.

He wanted the boys to eat the same food that he ate. However, God had specific laws on food. One of the big takeaways from this story of Daniel and his friends is that we must always obey and worship God.

There will be people who try to convince us not to or to follow another path. But God is bigger than all of them. We are to please God, not man.

The boys would not eat what Nebuchadnezzar wanted them to eat. Daniel asked a man if he could eat other food. The man they asked feared that the king would kill him if he allowed this.

Daniel told the man that they wanted to only eat vegetables and water. He said in 10 days we will be healthier (leaner) than we were when we started. So, the man allowed it.

God truly blessed Daniel and his friends for standing up for what God wanted. God made laws for his people. The laws apply no matter where they find themselves.

Here are the Conversation Starters for this week:

  • Why are we supposed to obey God?
  • Do you think that Daniel and his friends were scared?
  • What gave them strength?
  • Has someone ever tried to convince you that you should sin?
  • Has someone ever told you that you shouldn’t follow God?
  • What was your response?
  • Are you going to eat your vegetables now?
  • Was it really the vegetables that made them strong? (No)

As always, adjust where needed. God bless!