Offerings

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 8:62-66

The sacrifices made to God at the conclusion of the dedication of the ark caught my attention. Solomon and the people spent a great amount of time and attention to offering back to God. An entire week was dedicated to this massively scaled process! While we are no longer required to make sacrifices to cover our sin because of Jesus' shedding His blood on our behalf (thank you, Jesus), we are still called to give back to God, and this example highlighted the importance of this undertaking (an act of worship) for me.

Is giving back to God--of your time, your skills and talents, your money--a regular part of your life? When you choose to give back to God, how does it impact your relationship with Him? What will you offer up to God this week? Could you do even more? Tami

Stormy Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:105-112 (Nun)

Three times in eight verses labeled "Nun," the psalmist references his difficult and problematic circumstances.

  • severely afflicted (vs. 107)
  • holds his life in his hands (vs. 109)
  • snares the wicked have laid for him (vs. 110)

It's pretty clear that things aren't going well in the psalmist's life. Even so, he doesn't let his difficult circumstances consume his thoughts or shake his foundation. Instead he's intentional about remaining focused on God and giving his time and affection to Him. The psalmist's reaching out to God with his proclamation of praise in verse 108 spoke loudly to my heart. I am thankful for this example and the reminder it provides that we must be diligent to seek after and praise God in all circumstances.

"Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules" (vs. 108).

How are you seeking after God in your current circumstances? What impact does choosing to praise God in and through our "storms" have on our attitudes and actions and relationship with God? Tami

Understanding

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:97-104 (Mem)

Throughout the stanza titled "Mem," the psalmist repeatedly writes of the understanding he has gained from taking in and then meditating on God's Word. Although I certainly recognize and know what the word "understanding" means, I decided to look up some synonyms, or alternative words, to give me an even better comprehension of what the psalmist is describing. Here are some of the other words for "understanding" that I found:

  • Knowledge
  • Discernment
  • Comprehension
  • Wisdom
  • Awareness
  • Insight
  • Prudence
  • Discretion
  • Judgement

What amazing benefits we get when we choose to spend time taking in, considering and then putting into practice God's Word.

Is it your practice to regularly meditate on (consider, reflect, mull over) God's Word, and why is this so important? How has God's Word given you understanding? What's one example of how God's Word has made you "wiser"? Tami

Today's reading: 1 Kings 8:22-61

Solomon offers a powerful prayer of dedication to God before the people after the ark is placed inside the temple. He begins by acknowledging God's greatness, and then fervently seeks God's continued guidance, provision and protection for Israel. A key element that I appreciate about this prayer is how Solomon openly recognizes and quite thoroughly addresses the problem of sin and the separation it causes between us and God. He then humbly asks God to hear the people's prayers for forgiveness and act upon them when future offenses occur. At the conclusion of his prayer, Solomon turns his attention to the people and issues the charge to let their hearts "be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day" (vs. 61). What a beautiful depiction of seeking after God.

What did you observe or learn about sin and forgiveness from Solomon's prayer? What does being "wholly true to the Lord" mean and/or look like for you personally? Tami

Today's reading: 1 Kings 8:1-26

Upon the completion of the temple, Solomon gathers together a vast assembly--elders, priests, heads of tribes and family leaders. It was a monumental event designed FOR God to publically recognize and elevate Him for being the one and only sovereign God. Solomon led and directed the day, which included guiding the people in a time of remembering God's goodness, faithfulness and love, and reaffirming their commitment to wholeheartedly follow after Him.

Is it your practice to thank and exalt God as part of your prayers? How often do you publically praise God (inside and outside of a church service)? Why is it a good to look back and remember what God has done for us? What's one example of how God has shown Himself faithful to you or your family? 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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