Today's reading: 1 Kings 1:1-10, Proverbs 29:17

Because the account of David's life and family doesn't end in 2 Samuel, we're moving into 1 Kings to continue following this storyline.

As 1 Kings opens, David is an old man who is no longer physically strong. It's clear that his time on earth is drawing to a close and that a new king will soon be on the throne. Without David's knowledge, his son Adonijah elevates himself and claims the throne from David (Adonijah is the younger brother of Absalom who also took the throne from his father). It's not a good situation.

Although David is known for being the man after God's heart, he wasn't perfect be any means. He made plenty of mistakes, and that's especially evident in the area of being a father. David undoubtedly loved his children, but from what information we have, he was extremely relaxed when it came to disciplining his sons and holding them accountable for their actions. David's choice of inaction in this area had far-reaching, serious consequences (broken relationships, division, murder, civil war) --for both his immediate family and the nation of Israel.

Think back over the past few years to a time when you were held accountable/disciplined (either by a person or God) for your actions or words? How did you benefit from this corrective action? Tami

Our Portion

| | Comments (0)

Today's reading: Psalm 119:57-64 (Heth)

"The LORD is my portion..."

The opening words of Psalm 119:57-64 (Heth), caused me to pause to think about God being my portion and what exactly that means to me and the way I live my life--in private and before others. After declaring that God is his portion, the remainder of this stanza lays out what that means and looks like in the psalmist's life.

  • Keeping God's Word
  • Thinking on God's ways and being intentional to follow them
  • Remembering God's Law
  • Praising God
  • Recognizing God's sovereignty
  • Asking God to teach him more

What does God being your "portion" mean to you personally? How would you describe this to someone? In a typical day, what's one example of how you display God being your portion to others? Tami

FULL Comfort

| | Comments (0)

Today's reading: Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin)

The older and wiser I get, both physically and spiritually, the more I realize and appreciate how I can take FULL comfort in God's Word. As I'm sure you've experienced, life isn't all smooth sailing. More often than not, difficult circumstances seem to be waiting around the corner.

In verse 50 the psalmist declares that God's promises give him comfort in the middle of affliction. In verse 54 the psalmist then recalls how God's statutes have been his "songs." This message served to comfort me this morning. Thank you, God for Your incredible love and for comforting us through Your life-giving Word!

Is it your practice to turn to God's Word for comfort? How has God's Word been a comfort to you in the past? Do you have a favorite "comfort" passage, story or verse that you turn to in difficult times (one of mine is Psalm 25)? Tami

Meaningful Giving

| | Comments (0)

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 24:18-25, Proverbs 3:9-10

David's interaction with Araunah, and specifically his insistence about purchasing the threshing floor that would be used for an altar, functions as a good reminder about the importance of what we offer up to God. God wants us to give our firstfruits to Him--in other words, He wants us to offer up our best (something we value) to Him. David understood this well. He knew that building an altar to God on property that cost him nothing and then sacrificing oxen that were given to him, wasn't a sacrifice on his part at all and wouldn't honor or please God.

"Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine" (Proverbs 3:9-10).

What's your practice or habit when it comes to giving back to God? Would you say you're a firstfruits giver? If not, what's holding you back? How have you experienced what's described in Proverbs 3:9-10 above? Tami

Seeking Forgiveness

| | Comments (2)

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 24:10-17

Our sinful choices (actions, words, thoughts) impede our relationship with God. So in order to have and maintain a full and vibrant relationship with God, seeking forgiveness needs to be a regular course of action for each of us.

David understood the need to keep a short account with God. So as soon as his feels convicted about his actions in numbering the people, he seeks God to candidly and openly confess his sin and ask for forgiveness. It's an example we would all be wise to follow.

Is it your practice to keep a short account with God when it comes to asking for forgiveness? Why is this important? How does talking candidly and opening with God about your sinful choices help strengthen your relationship with Him? 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.

About My Blog

I'm passionate about engaging God's Word! And my blog is about just that--giving you opportunities to receive, reflect on and respond to Scripture. Each day you'll find a short passage as well as thoughts, challenges and application questions for you to think about and respond to. I look forward to interacting with you and learning together, so post comments as often as you'd like. You can even sign up to get the blogs delivered to your inbox each day!

Tami's New Book

Available on Amazon

Available on
Facebook Twitter

Recent Comments

Monthly Archives

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.