Insurance Policy

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 4: 1-22

After suffering a defeat in battle against the Philistines, the Israelites are perplexed by God's seeming inaction. So they send for the ark of the covenant, assuming that its presence would give them victory over their enemy. They were wrong. The Philistines ended up severely routing them, with 30,000 Israelites dying in round two of the battle.

The Israelites were operating on what I'll call an "insurance policy" mindset. In other words, they weren't devoted to or following God, yet their expectation was that God should and would act on their behalf when they needed it. After all, they were God's chosen people, so of course God should protect them.

This kind of mindset can be disastrous for us as well, and I'm speaking from experience. There was a period of years in my 20s and 30s where I lived according to this "insurance policy" approach. I did whatever I wanted and placed God on the back burner. However, if I encountered something difficult, then I would turn to God for help. That strategy didn't work well for me. Like He did with the Israelites, God allowed me to fall--hard--to get my attention. As I look back, I'm thankful for God's love and continued pursuit of me (and yes, my hard fall experience) in those extremely self-focused years.

What is your mindset when it comes to who God is and the role He plays in your life? What are one or two things that help you have and maintain a mindset of following after and serving God, rather than thinking about God as a convenience or safety net? Tami

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Appreciate your personal illustration and transparency! Thanks Tami!

Wow!Tami you are a terrific Bible teacher!!

I have never thought of these questions in my life and I need to ponder them more.

I know that God is in control over all of my life.

When I pray to Him, I always ask that His will be done, even after I bring my request before Him. I do not want the Lord to answer my request and "send leanest into my soul."( Psa.106:15KJV)

I enjoyed your testimony and I am checking my heart to see if I am using God as an insurance policy!!

Thanks again for these soul-searching, thought-provoking questions!

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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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