Calling On God

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Today's reading: Psalm 83:1-18

The Israelites are in a dangerous situation, one where they don't have the physical resources or power to adequately defend themselves. So they do all that they are able to do--they petition God to act on their behalf and on behalf of His mighty name.

What a good reminder that regardless of our circumstances, we are not powerless when we are in a relationship with God! As a follower of Christ, we have direct access to the God of the universe. We can bring our petitions before Him with confidence knowing that He is in control of all things.

How does talking with God about circumstances that you can't control help your thinking, emotions and attitude? Do your prayers include asking God to contend with sinful situations in the world around you? Tami

For Others

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Today's reading: Psalm 82:1-8

Psalm 82 is a calling out for God as our caregiver and provider. In a time of need, the psalmist earnestly prays, not specifically for himself, but for the people around him. He prays that God would give His justice to the weak, afflicted and poor, and that He would rescue those in need.

How aware are you of people in need? Is it your practice to pray for the welfare of others--for those in need in your community, nation or in other places around the world? In addition to prayer, how are you helping the weak, afflicted and poor? Tami


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Today's reading: Proverbs 22:1

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).

This week, we've been considering verses from Proverbs that focus on and address wealth, riches and money. I selected Proverbs 22:1 as our final verse in this area because of its positive message that nothing we possess is more valuable than having godly character.

How much thought do you give to your character? Is having godly character something you highly value? What are people experiencing and observing when they interact with you? What does having a "good name" mean for you personally? Tami

Avoid the Trouble

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Today's reading: Proverbs 15:27; Proverbs 28:25

"Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live" (Proverbs 15:27).

"A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched" (Proverbs 28:25).

When we allow our thoughts to be consumed by acquiring money and wealth, it leads to all sorts of trouble--conflict, jealousy, discord, rivalry, fighting--not only within our family, but also with others (work, school, neighbors, business transactions, friends).

Think of a time when you had greedy thoughts and acted on them. What happened, and how did you feel afterwards? When we choose to focus on God and trust Him in the area of money and finances, what's the impact on our thinking, our attitude, our actions (in other words, how are we "enriched")? Tami

Foolish Toil

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Today's reading: Proverbs 23:4-5

"Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven" (Proverbs 23:4-5).

There was a season in my life where my primary goal was to acquire wealth. It was a foolish season where I chose to focus on and diligently work toward getting more money and things instead of doing what I knew was right--focusing on God and devoting my time and energy to following His ways. As I look back, I can now clearly see how my toiling (working/laboring) was in vain. What's described in Proverbs 23:5 (sprouting wings, flying away) is absolutely accurate and true. No matter how much I was able to acquire, it was never enough. I was never satisfied, which continued to drive me down a path to more and more purposeless toiling.

Have you ever toiled to acquire wealth? If so, how did your toiling make you feel? How did it impact your spiritual walk and relationship with God? What helps you resist the temptation to toil after money? In a world that is obsessed with wealth, how do you maintain a healthy perspective on having money and material possessions? 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.

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