Sustain Me

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:113-120 (Samekh)

In Psalm 119:113-120 (Samekh), the psalmist is under attack and is speaking out against those who are acting sinfully and wrongly toward him. So as he talks with God, he compares himself to this group by repeatedly confirming his love of God and His Word. In verse 114 he claims God as his shield and strength and then calls upon God to "uphold me according to your promise, that I may live" (vs. 116) and to "hold me up, that I may be safe..." (vs. 117).

What's one example of how God's Word has sustained you when you've come under attack, encountered difficulty or experienced loss? How does telling God that you love Him and that you're grateful for His Word benefit and help you? Tami

Blessings

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 10:14-29

Solomon's wealth was massive--so much so that I had a difficult time visualizing and comprehending all that's described in 1 Kings 10. The glimpse we're given of these riches reminded me of movies like National Treasure or Indiana Jones. It's a picture of God's blessing on Solomon for sure.

While most of us will never experience riches like Solomon's, we have and will experience God's blessings, which come in many varieties and forms because God delights in showering us with His love and goodness.

What are one or two specific examples of how God has showered you with His blessings (think back over the past few weeks, months or even years)? When you experience a blessing from God, do you tell others about it? Why is this important and helpful for you and also for the person(s) you're telling about your experience? Tami

Your Display

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 10:1-13

Word of Solomon's extraordinary wisdom spreads across countries and nations, and as a result, the Queen of Sheba pays Solomon a personal visit (no small undertaking at this point in history). She's intrigued by the reports she heard about Solomon and decides to check out the situation in person.

One of the things I noticed from this passage was how the Queen's interest included more than just Solomon's intelligence. She was also intrigued about Solomon's God. Verse 1 tells us that she heard of Solomon's fame "concerning the name of the Lord." And when she arrived, she witnessed and experienced firsthand God's blessing on Solomon through his God-given wisdom and possessions. She also observed Solomon worshiping and offering sacrifices to the Lord. So the entire time of her visit, God and His goodness to Solomon and the Israelites were openly on displayed for the Queen of Sheba to see. Her words in verse 9 let us know she didn't miss the message.

"Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness."

How often do you think about the fact that you are on display as a representative for God in all aspects of your life? What opportunities do you have to show others--your neighbors, family, classmates, co-workers, friends--how God has been good to you? Tami

Healthy Resolution

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 9:10-28

Solomon worked closely with King Hiram of Tyre (who had been a friend of David's) in constructing the temple and his own residence. At the conclusion of these massive and involved building projects, Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. Sounds pretty impressive, but for whatever reason, Hiram wasn't happy with the cities. So what did Hiram do? Well, even though Solomon was extremely powerful and wealthy, Hiram didn't shy away from addressing the situation with him, and the manner in which Hiram chose to deal with Solomon showed wisdom on his part. First, and very importantly, he spoke to Solomon in person. And when he spoke, he was calm and respectful, with no hint of power plays, threats or mind games. Hiram spoke words of truth from his heart to his friend and business colleague, Solomon.

As much as we'd like to avoid it, sometimes it's necessary to confront another person. It's never easy, and confrontation in a business or work setting can also be quite awkward. That being the case, how we choose to approach and handle a difference of opinion or conflict is crucial. It can literally make all the difference in the world.

How do you tend to deal with confrontation (either as the person confronting or the person on the receiving end)? What's one lesson you learned or observed about relationships and/or confrontation from Hiram's example with Solomon? Tami

And Again

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 9:1-9

Even though King Solomon is the wisest man ever, God continues to remind him of the need to keep his heart and mind focused on, and devoted to, fully serving Him. And God doesn't only say, "Remember to follow Me." He includes as part of His reminding message the devastating consequences that will follow if and when Solomon and Israel choose to turn away from God.

If the wisest man to ever live needed regular communication about wholeheartedly following and serving God, what does that suggest about us? What does this passage reveal about our need to regularly be taking in and responding to God's Word and spending? Tami

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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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