Keep the Charge

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 2:1-12

One of the last things David does before he dies is give a powerful charge to his son, Solomon, as the new king of Israel. David instructs him to stand firm and be faithful to God above all else. It was a wise and crucial instruction for Solomon, but it's also a wise and crucial instruction for us today, thousands of years later.

"[K]eep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies...that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn..." (1 Kings 2:3, ESV)

What does "keeping the charge of the Lord your God" look like for you in a typical week? How does (or would) striving to live out this command impact your day-to-day life? Tami

Still Leading

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 1:28-53

David is struggling physically in his old age, and because of this, he hasn't kept a watchful eye on what's going on around him. This opens the door for Adonijah to underhandedly gather supporters and take the throne. But David isn't done as a king or a leader. While he may be physically disabled, his mind is still sharp. So when the situation with Adonijah is brought to his attention, he looks to God and then draws on his vast leadership experience to immediately put into play an impressive plan that completely derails all Adonijah and his supporters have done.

In this crisis situation, David keeps his eyes on God which allows him to wisely and confidently handle the situation. And as is his life-long habit, as soon as Solomon is on the throne, David addresses God, thanking Him for his blessing and protection.

How do you tend to respond when presented with a crisis situation? Is turning to God your first (default) reaction? Is it your habit to thank God as soon as He answers a prayer? Tami

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

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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

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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

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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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