Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:1-13

Yesterday we considered how time from God's perspective is different than time from our human perspective. And while there are times I'd like for my timing and God's to be the same, when I read the message in verse 9, I am convicted about my selfish way of thinking and grateful for God's perfect timing.

"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."

How does knowing that God is "not slow" but instead "patient" with us encourage you today? What does this verse reveal about God's wisdom and love? Tami

Perfect Timing

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Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:1-13

The fact that my thoughts and perceptions of time are different than God's is a difficult thing for me to fully understand. So often I want and expect something to happen in a certain time frame (that seems absolutely reasonable to me, by the way), and then when God doesn't move within that timeframe, I get frustrated which can then lead me down the slippery slope of questioning and doubting God. So I was thankful for Peter's reminder "that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (vs. 8), because it gave me a needed perspective adjustment this morning as I am waiting for God to move in a couple of areas.

How does knowing that God's timing is different than yours impact you when it comes to patience and persistence? What helps you keep the right perspective and attitude when something isn't happening at the pace you expected? Tami

Only Truth

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Today's reading: 2 Peter 2:1-22

Peter puts out a strong warning against false teachers and teaching. But rather than going into detail to describe what some of this false teaching might look like, Peter instead spends quite a bit of time explaining the penalty or judgment that will come to those people who are leading others away from God's truth, even providing us with examples from the past.

What did this chapter show you about how God values righteousness (what's right, honest and true)? What did it reveal about the importance of being in and knowing God's Word? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

God and His Word are trustworthy, and true was the message that came across loud and clear to me as I took in 2 Peter 1:16-21. I love how Peter makes sure we know that what he and the apostles are teaching and conveying is the result being with Jesus while He was on earth ("but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty..." vs. 12), and that every part of God's Word--every phrase, sentence, chapter, Book--is from God. "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (vs. 21).

How does knowing that Peter was an eyewitness to Jesus' teaching and miracles, as well as His death and resurrection, impact your mindset, approach and confidence in God's Word? Tami

Good Qualities

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Today's reading: 2 Peter 1:1-15

Peter provides us with a progressive list of qualities that we should strive to possess and put into practice to have and then maintain a strong walk with God (see 2 Peter 1:5). As I took in this list and the verses surrounding it, I was prompted to ask myself a number of questions: Do I possess these qualities? Am I putting these qualities into practice? Am I growing in these areas, and how? It was a good assessing exercise that helped me recognize some areas where I need to improve and work a little harder, but also helped me see some areas where I'm doing alright.

So now it's your turn to do a little self-assessing. Do you possess the qualities Peter puts before us in verse 5? Are you putting them into practice? And are you (or how are you) growing in these areas? 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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