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Today's reading: Psalm 103:1-22

David issues the command to remember (to not forget) all of the benefits we receive as a follower of God. He then lists out a number of those benefits for us--He forgives, heals, redeems, loves, satisfies and renews us. I love David's prompting for us to be intentional about recalling God's goodness and the love and care He has for us as His children. It's an excellent exercise to help us keep our minds focused on God, and that being the case, one that we would be wise to practice often.

If you were making a list of benefits you've experienced as a child of God, what are some of the things you would include on your list? How often do you take time to remember all that God has done for you and thank Him for it? Tami

In God's Hands

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Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 9:1-6

Solomon continues to drive home the point that living solely for the here and now, rather than living with an eternal mindset, is foolishness. As we start into Ecclesiastes 9, Solomon confirms that God is in control and that He is most certainly aware of and over all things that take place on earth and in our lives. But he also reminds us that choosing to serve and follow God does not mean that God will set us aside to receive special treatment ("the same events happen to the righteous and the wicked (vs. 2)), and that our time on earth is brief, with all having an appointed time to die.

What encouragement or comfort do you draw from knowing that your "deeds are in the hands of God"? How does focusing on God and spending eternity with Him help you when you experience trials, pain, hardship, suffering sorrow? Tami

Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 8:13-17

Try as we might, striving to experience as much as we can and acquire more and more knowledge will never bring us to a full and comprehensive understanding of God or His ways. And while that may be difficult to accept and even frustrate us at times, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. That's because God is...God. He's the creator of all things. He is sovereign, almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, and most importantly, He has a perfect and all-encompassing plan in place for eternity, of which we are a small part.

How does knowing that God's ways are beyond our full comprehension relate to your faith and trusting in God? What did Solomon's words convey to you about God's control of this world as well as the details of your life? Tami

Well and Right

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Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 8:10-13

I found myself nodding my head in agreement at Solomon's observations about the sinful desires and actions of people, and how, by appearances, those who choose to do wrong seem to prosper. People are still people, and nothing has changed in several thousand years. We still misuse the power we have for our own pleasure and advantage, we still act dishonestly, we still take shortcuts for financial gain--you name it. But whatever is gained by acting wrongly, is only earthly gain and for a short time. God sees it all and He will make things right in His timing.

"But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God" (vs. 13).

How does knowing that it will "not be well with the wicked" help and encourage you to do what is right when you are tempted to do wrong? What comfort do you draw from this passage? Tami

Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 8:1-9; Romans 13:1

Solomon's wise message for us in Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 is to follow those who God sets in authority over us. "I say: Keep the king's command, because of God's oath to him" (vs. 2). This message of submitting to and following the laws and rules of our respective governments is present throughout the New Testament as well: Jesus telling the Pharisees that we need to pay taxes and "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's" (Matthew 22:15-22); Paul's instruction that we must "be subject to governing authorities" (Romans 13:1-7); and Peter's instruction in 1 Peter 2:13-17 to 'Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution..." and to "honor the emperor."

What impact does knowing that our leaders and rulers have been placed in those positions by God (Romans 13:1) have on your attitude, thinking and actions? What are some ways you can (and hopefully already do) honor those who hold government positions-city, county, state, federal? 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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