I Love Because

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Today's reading: Psalm 116:1-11

The psalmist declares his love for God and then, in the remaining verses of his song, provides what the lawyer side of me would call supporting documentation for this love.

"I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me . . ." (vs. 1-2)

As I read through the verses of this psalm, my thoughts kept going to the opening phrase: "I love the Lord, because . . ." So I spent a few minutes pondering my love for the Lord and how I would finish that statement.

I was drawn to the message found in verses 6 and 7 because the psalmist's words resonated with me. You see, my husband and I have had to deal with a number of difficult circumstances over the past five years. But God was right there with us, and He sustained and grew us spiritually through it all. As I write today, we are in a place (spiritually, physically and emotionally) that I could never have imagined just a few years ago. God has certainly "dealt bountifully" with us!

So here's where I landed for my "I love because" statement: I love the Lord, because when I was low He sustained me; in His goodness, God has dealt bountifully with me.

What's your "I love because" statement? Take a few minutes and finish this statement: "I love you Lord, because _____________________________________________." Tami

Consequences

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 12:15-31

There are always consequences when we sin. And in today's passage, David experiences that first-hand. With regard to this instance, the consequences are particularly painful and distressing. But the pain and distress of the sickness and death of his first son with Bathsheba, humbles David and brings him to a state of complete repentance. While this account is sad and difficult to read, it delivers a needed reminding message of the damaging consequences of our sinful choices--not only to us personally, but to those around us, who more often than not are the people dearest to us.

How has God used a consequence(s) to move your heart to repentance? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-15

Nathan gets the unpleasant (but absolutely necessary) task of confronting David about his sinful actions with regard to Bathsheba and Uriah. Knowing that this interaction will be a difficult one, Nathan starts off with a metaphor that David can easily understand, and then uses that fictitious story to directly and candidly confront David about the horrific wrong he's done and the consequences that will follow. It's a thought-provoking exchange that provides an example of corrective confrontation done well, from both the giving (Nathan) and receiving (David) parties.

What's one thing you learned or saw from either Nathan or David about corrective confrontation-giving, receiving and/or responding to correction? What does this account show about the value of having strong, godly friends and mentors? Tami

No Immunity

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-27

I'm thankful for the realness of the Bible and how through His Word God lets us see and learn from the examples and life situations, both good and bad, of those who lived before us. So while the entire account of David and Bathsheba is disheartening, there are important lessons that we can draw from this story--the most significant one for me being that absolutely no one is immune or exempt from sin.

I find this passage difficult to read because, honestly, it's a little unsettling to see David, God's anointed and the man after God's heart, giving in to his sinful desires and falling so hard so easily and quickly. I can't read this story and not consider the fact that I'm no different than David--absolutely susceptible to, and capable of, great sin. "Thank you, God, for showing us this portion of David's life story which provides a hard but needed cautionary reminder."

What are some other lessons about sin that you saw or learned from David's thinking and actions? What was the most important lesson for you, and why? Tami

Hard Life Lessons

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 10:1-19

The account of the relationship between David and the Ammonites after the death of the king of Ammon is sad, yet filled with a number of beneficial life lessons. The first lesson I noticed is that there may be times when our efforts to extend kindness to another person won't always be received properly.

But the majority of the lessons, and where I chose to focus today, came from the example of Hanun and the snowball effect of his poor choices as a new and inexperienced leader.

Here are the lessons that stood out to me from this disastrous, unnecessary, deadly account:

  • Who we choose as friends and advisors is critical. Surrounding ourselves with wise, godly people is a must.
  • When we're unsure about a circumstance, and particularly someone's motivation, we need to do a little digging and assess the facts of the situation so we can respond properly.
  • Our response to others should never be demeaning or degrading.
  • It's better to admit we've made a mistake than get into a fight over our foolish and/or wrong actions.
  • Fear is powerful and can cloud and distort our judgment and thinking.

What lesson(s) did God impress on your heart from this account? What lesson stood out most prominently to you, and why? Tami

About Me

Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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