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Today's reading: Judges 8:22-35

After Gideon saves Israel, the men of Israel approach him and ask Gideon to rule over them. Gideon's answer is the right one: "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you" (vs. 8:23). But then, on the heels of this amazing, God-given victory, Gideon asks each person to give him the earrings from the spoil of the battle. This results in Gideon raking in 1,700 shekels of gold, which he then makes into an ephod (a garment worn by priests) that he places in his home city. Gideon's actions were foolish, as evidenced by what we see in verse 27.

"And all Israel whored after [the ephod] there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family."

While this portion of Gideon's story saddens me, it also serves as a good reminder of our susceptibility to stumble after a spiritual victory or high point. God didn't direct Gideon to collect gold from the spoils or make an ephod for himself. These decisions were made by Gideon drawing on his human thinking. And his poor decisions in this situation ended up having a devastating impact on Gideon's family and the nation of Israel for years to come.

What does this passage show about the need to guard our thinking and actions, especially when we've just experienced a spiritual high point or victory? What does this account reveal about the importance of seeking God's direction in all of our decision making? Tami

Opposed

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Today's reading: Judges 8:1-21

As Gideon and his small army continue to pursue the kings of Midian, they repeatedly encounter bold opposition--first with the men of Ephraim, and then with the men at Succoth and Penuel.

Opposition often comes from people and instances that we aren't expecting. And when that happens, it can be distracting and, if we're not careful, even completely derail our efforts. Despite some pretty ugly and fierce opposition, Gideon and his men are able to keep their focus and finish the task of capturing the Midianite leaders. In so doing, they seal the victory for the Israelites.

What's one thing or lesson you noticed from Judges 8 about encountering opposition, roadblocks and/or discouragement as we serve the Lord? What helps you keep your focus and stay the course when the going gets tough? Tami

Good Sense

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Today's reading: Judges 8:1-3; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 19:11

In the middle of his pursuit of the last of the Midianite troops, Gideon is angrily confronted by the men of Ephraim because they are unhappy that Gideon didn't call for their assistance at the beginning of the battle. The situation is most certainly a touchy one, but Gideon, a wise leader, rises to the challenge. Instead of responding in kind to the Ephraimite men, he chooses to overlook the offensive manner of the accusatory confrontation. Gideon's reply is calm, respectful and humble, which results in a diffused situation and a saved relationship between relatives.

As I took in these few verses of chapter 8, two proverbs immediately came to mind, Proverbs 15:1 and 19:11. Gideon certainly modeled both in this situation with the Ephraimites.

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)

"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." (Proverbs 19:11)

How do you tend to respond when someone confronts you in anger? Why are soft words and humility so important when it comes to resolving conflict? Tami

Worship

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Today's reading: Judges 7:15-25

Before moving on in Gideon's life story in Judges 8, we're going to spend another day specifically considering worship. I read through chapter 7 a number of times, and each time two words from verse 15, "he worshiped," seemed to jump off the page at me. Here's the setting. Gideon is spying on the enemy army when he overhears one man telling another about his dream where a cake of barley bread hits the camp and upsets its tents. The listening man immediately responds that the dream is about Gideon saying that God has given the camp into Gideon's hand. When Gideon hears these words, the next thing he does is worship.

"As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, 'Arise, for the LORD has given the host of Midian into your hand.'" (vs. 15)

When God provides for you physically, financially and/or spiritually, how do you respond? How does spending time in worship impact your attitude, thinking and actions? What's an example of how you worship God outside of or in addition to a Sunday or Wednesday church service? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 7:9-25

The routing of the massive and intimidating enemy army by Gideon and his tiny band of faithful men has to be one of the most impressive battles in the Bible. The size of the enemy's army is staggering--"The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore with abundance" (vs. 12). The weapons of choice for Gideon's group (trumpets, clay jars and torches) are almost laughable--at least, before we know the outcome of the battle. But when the dust settled, all would know that God was in control and that nothing was too difficult for Him. Gideon was victorious, yes, but the victory was from the Lord.

What does this battle passage show about God's ability to handle your most difficult situations (as well as your day-to-day struggles)? How did Judges 7 encourage you and strengthen your trust in and reliance upon God? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 16:1-11

The Christian life is all about choices. Our first and most important choice is to receive Christ as our Savior. But after that initial life-changing decision, we are then faced with the daily (actually, moment-by-moment) choice to follow and serve God fully. Psalm 16:5 was a nice reminder about the importance of being intentional about starting our day focused on God and His Word, and then living out the rest of the day for Him.

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot."

Would you say you're intentional about choosing to follow and serve God daily? How would you explain or describe "the Lord being your chosen portion" to someone who doesn't yet have a personal relationship with Christ? Tami

Dwelling Secure

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Today's reading: Psalm 15:1-5

As David answers the question of who will go to heaven, he provides us with a description of how to live as a godly and upright person in the here and now. He then concludes with the strong and encouraging message that such a person can stand firm in the present, knowing that his future is secure.

What action(s) were you encouraged to take after reading Psalm 15? Knowing that we are not capable of being sinless, how would you describe "walking blamelessly" to someone? Tami

Only 300

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Today's reading: Judges 7:1-25

Today we arrive at my favorite part of Gideon's story. Gideon is finally ready to step up and fight when God lets him know that what He has planned is different than what Gideon has in mind. Instead of taking 32,000 men to defeat the Midianites, God tells Gideon to reduce his army to a mere 300 men. Think about that! 300 men going up against an army who we're told were in the valley "like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance" (vs. 12). Really God? But Gideon doesn't question God, and he's done asking for signs (a fleece) as before. Instead, he simply follows God's instructions, and God takes care of rest.

What did you notice about Gideon's trust and faith in God from this passage? What do God's words reveal about what He desires from us? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 6:36-40

To fleece or not to fleece--that's the question on my mind after reading Gideon's requests of God in verses 36-40. The time has come for Israel to go to battle against the Midianites and Amalekites. Gideon has rallied the troops, but he's still fearful and uncertain about taking the action God has tasked him with. So, using a fleece of wool (a sheep skin), he asks God for two very specific signs to let him know if God is serious about using him to rescue Israel. Both times, God responds just as Gideon requested.

Now here's the thing--God is God. He's in control, and He certainly doesn't answer to us. Yet, He answers Gideon's specific requests for signs. I'm a little torn on this one because, on the one hand, it doesn't seem right to me to put a fleece before God. But then, maybe it's not the request itself that's problematic but the attitude with which the request is made. There's certainly a big different between whether the request is a demand on our part or a sincere appeal for confirmation because we need guidance.

So let's hear it. What are your thoughts on "to fleece or not to fleece," and why? Tami

Hindering Fears

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Today's reading: Judges 6:19-35

Have you ever been afraid to take action and do what God is impressing on your heart to do? I've found myself in this situation more than a few times over the years. And while I'd like to tell you that I'm always immediately obedient to God's call, sometimes fear wins out and either it takes me a while to get moving or I don't move forward at all. Here are a couple of examples of where fear has impeded (or can impede) my taking action for God: when God has challenged my husband and I to give more financially, which means letting go of money and possessions; when an opportunity has arisen on an airplane or when I'm out shopping to tell someone about Jesus but I don't reach out to the person; or when I've chosen to remain silent instead of taking a stand on what I know is right because speaking the truth won't be received well.

Fear often functions to hinder or cripple us when it comes to taking action, and it's one of Satan's greatest weapons to keep us from experiencing God's best for us. But God doesn't want us to fear. He wants us to trust Him in all things, and when we do, He will not abandon us. Every time I've chosen to push fear aside to actively respond to God's prompting, God's been right there with me, giving me the strength and courage to stand strong for Him. And each time I respond with obedience makes the next time a little bit easier.

What's one example of how God has walked alongside you when you responded to His prompting by choosing to take action outside of your comfort zone? What encouraged most from what we've read of Gideon's story thus far? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 6:11-18

"All things are possible with God" is the phrase that came to my mind as I read the account of Gideon. The Israelites are being severely oppressed by the Midianites, and the people are distressed and fearful. When we meet Gideon, we find him hiding in a winepress beating out wheat for a little bit of food. As he works, the angel of the Lord appears and addresses him as "O mighty man of valor" (vs. 12). Gideon doesn't acknowledge this title of "mighty" but instead questions why these bad things are happening to God's people. The Lord responds with, "Go in this might of yours and save Israel" (vs. 14). Well, Gideon isn't buying that he's mighty, and he's not convinced he's going to be able to save Israel. But God knows otherwise. Verse 16 says,

"And the LORD said to him, 'But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.'"

What does this passage reveal about our God's ways versus our human way of thinking? What does it show us about how God uses and works through ordinary people? What's one example of how God has used you in a way that initially seemed impossible to you (in other words, what's an example of where you were "mighty" with God's help)? Tami

Front Burner

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Today's reading: Judges 6:1-10

After the defeat of the Canaanite army, there are forty years of rest for Israel. But with the passing of time and generations, we see these familiar words to start Judges 6: "The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD." So even after the Israelites were freed from the oppression of King Jabin, they began putting God on the back burner again as time passed and eventually turned completely away from God. As a result, God "gave them into the hand of Midian" (vs. 1). What's described is nothing short of awful--the Midianites, like locusts, would descend and devour the land, leaving nothing for the Israelites to eat and survive on. This situation drags on for seven years, and when the people cry out to God for help, God sends a prophet to remind them of His words prior to their turning away and to tell them that the situation they are in is because they have turned away from Him.

"And I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.' But you have not obeyed my voice." (vs. 10)

The fact of the matter is, we are all prone to wander. Although this passage may seem a bit harsh, it's a good reminder for us that God needs to be front and center for us at all times--the good, the bad and everything in between.

In what type of circumstances are you most prone to take your eyes off of God and do what you want instead? What are some things that help you keep your focus on God and following after and serving Him (keeping Him on the front burner)? Tami

Savior Needed

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Today's reading: Psalm 14:1-7

If I didn't know better, I might think that David was living in the twenty-first century when he wrote Psalm 14. Why? Because what David is describing is pretty much the same as the ungodly thinking that is rampant in the world right now. David's words serve as a good reminder that there are many, many spiritually lost people all around us who are in desperate need of a saving relationship with Christ.

How bold are you when it comes to letting the people around you know that there is a God who loves and cares for them? Who do you know that doesn't yet have a relationship with Jesus? Will you introduce them to Him this week? Tami

Long in Trust

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Today's reading: Psalm 13:1-6

Have you ever asked God, "How long?" or, "God, do you see what I'm going through?" Have you ever said to Him, "This situation is killing me. Where are You?" I certainly have. Like David, I talk candidly with God and tell Him all of the "yuck" that I'm thinking and feeling. What I've found is that having that conversation has a way of refocusing me on God and His goodness. That, in turn, leads me to look back and recall how God has worked wonders in my life and provided for me over and over again, and that whole experience then encourages me and gives me the strength to say to God--no matter my circumstances--"I love You, I trust You, and I will wait for You."

Do you talk candidly with God when you're struggling? Do you look back and remember how has God "dealt bountifully" with you in the past? Will you join me today in telling God how much you trust Him with your circumstances? Tami

Willingly

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Today's reading: Judges 5:1-31

The song of Deborah and Barak does a wonderful job telling the story of their victorious battle over Sisera and his army. I also like how this song provides some additional details and perspective on this incredible victory. Verses 2 and 9 drew my attention and moved my heart as I read through this song again today. Both verses say that the leaders and people "offered themselves willingly" to support the call to rise up and fight against the fierce and mighty Canaanite army.

"That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD!" (vs. 2, emphasis mine)

"My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people." (vs. 9, emphasis mine)

These words caused me to do some self-assessing about what my attitude and mindset are when it comes to following God and how I'm serving Him. I asked myself: Does the phrase "willingly offers herself" describe me? How could I improve in this area? It was a good and motivating exercise, and I invite you to do the same.

Take a few minutes to think about verses 2 and 9. Would you say that you are offering yourself willingly to the Lord? Why or why not? If not, what's holding you back? Are there any areas where you could be more open and willing when it comes to serving God? Tami

Tell It!

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Today's reading: Judges 5:1-31

Quite the song today in Judges 5:1-31! I wish we could hear the actual melody and take it in just as it was sung way back when. Unfortunately, that's not possible, but I am thankful we can at least read the words of this song of celebratory observance and remembrance. As I was doing that this morning, Deborah and Barak's praising and public recognition of God for His guidance and goodness stood out to me. I was particularly drawn to verses 10-11 because of how they show us, and in so doing also issue a call for, a public declaration of God and His works. What a wonderful way to let others know you love and follow the Lord.

"Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on rich carpets and you who walk by the way. To the sound of musicians at the watering places, there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the LORD, the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel."

Take a few minutes to think about some "righteous triumphs of the Lord" (God doing what is good and right) that you've either experienced in your life or observed in someone else's. Then, tell someone about it. Telling about our experiences with God (our story) is a great way to share God's love and message of salvation with others. Tami

And God

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Today's reading: Judges 4:1-24

It's time for battle and team Deborah and Barak respond, stepping out in faith. Barak has rallied 10,000 men to fight Jabin's forces, which are being led by Sisera, king Jabin's military general who had an impressive and scary 900 iron chariots! It would seem that Sisera and his troops had a clear advantage. Yet, this strong and mighty army are crushed, thoroughly defeated and demolished--all because of God. Did you notice these two telling verses?

"And the LORD routed Sisera and his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword." (Judges 4:15)

"So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Caanan before the people of Israel." (Judges 4:23)

Thank You, God, for Your constant presence with and care for us!

When has God fought a battle for you (held something or someone harmful at bay, provided in a way that wasn't possible on your own strength, broke down what appeared to be a roadblock or closed door to an opportunity, healed you or a family member from disease or addiction, etc.)? What battle are you fighting that you need to turn over to God? What encouraged you most from the account of Deborah and Barak, and why? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 4:1-24

When Barak tells Deborah that he will only go into battle if she goes with him, Deborah responds by saying that she will go. But she then lets Barak know that because of his unwillingness to trustingly take action when God prompted, God will use a woman to ultimately defeat Sisera.

"I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." (vs. 9)

And God does exactly that. However, the woman God uses isn't Deborah but Jael, a common woman who is the wife of Heber the Kenite. When Sisera unexpectedly shows up at Heber and Jael's tent on the run from Barak and his men, Jael persuades Sisera to hide in her tent and even gives him some milk to drink. Fatigued from battle, Sisera falls asleep. Seeing an opportunity, Jael takes action. She quietly approaches Sisera and ends his life by pounding a tent peg through his temple. (Anyone else thinking here, Yowsers!)

Jael had no idea when she woke what her day was going to entail. And as she went about her day, she certainly had no expectation that God would use her in such a monumental way. But when the opportunity presented itself and God prompted, she took immediate action. Before the end of the day, Jael would be responsible for ending the life of Sisera and in so doing, securing the military victory for Israel.

What does this account reveal about God using all kinds of people? What does it show us about living daily for God? As you start each day, are you expectant for God to use you for His work? Tami

Pressed Forward

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Today's reading: Judges 4:1-16

As much as we might want to point the finger at Barak for being insecure and hesitant to move, we've most likely experienced something similar ourselves--feeling God's prompting but being afraid to take action. When I look back over my life, there have been more than a few times where I responded like Barak. In other words, I didn't stand up for what was right, didn't speak up in a classroom, didn't give money to someone in need on a street corner, didn't offer my time or talent for a church or community event where I knew help was needed, etc.

Sometimes it takes a person like Deborah to come alongside and nudge us--or maybe even shove--to get us going in the direction God has for us. I'm thankful for those "Deborahs," because when we do take action, the result is so good. We're encouraged, we experience joy, enthusiasm and excitement, and best of all, we become bolder for God and more willing to step out the next time God puts an opportunity before us.

Is there something God is calling you to take action on today? What did you learn about following God's direction from either Barak or Deborah? Who has been a "Deborah" in your life? Can you be a "Deborah" for someone else? Tami

Pure Words

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Today's reading: Psalm 12:1-8

In Psalm 12, David is asking God for help and relief because he and those around him are surrounded by wicked, untrustworthy people. The situation sounds bleak. But then, right in the middle of these dark verses, we see this bold message of hope.

"The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever." (vs. 6-7)

What does this Psalm reveal about God and His Word? What's your response to verses 6 and 7? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 11:1-7

When bad things happen to or around us that just don't make sense, it's tempting to question God, doubt Him and to turn away to our follow our own thinking. That's what we see with David at the beginning of Psalm 11 in verses 1-3. But David is able to push this temptation aside and stand firm by proclaiming what he knows is true of God--that He is sovereign and righteous and that "the upright shall behold his face" (vs. 7).

How does stating what you know is true about God (verbally, through journaling or reading scripture passages aloud) help you push aside the temptation to doubt God and take matters into your own hands? What encouragement do you draw from verses 4-7? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 4:1-16

As we move to chapter 4 of Judges, we're introduced to our only female judge, Deborah. The Israelites are in a bad situation, being severely and cruelly oppressed by the king of Canaan and his army and its commander, Sisera. Deborah, whom the scriptures describe as a prophetess, is judging Israel during this time. At the Lord's prompting, she calls on Barak (who is apparently a capable warrior) to challenge and encourage him to take action on what the Lord had already laid on his heart to do but he had ignored. Although Barak is still hesitant, he agrees to take military action provided Deborah accompanies him into battle. Deborah agrees, and the Israelites totally defeat their Canaanite oppressors.

What's one thing that stood out to you about Deborah from this passage, and why? What does this account show us about the importance of encouraging others, but also being willing (in certain situations) to confront, challenge and come alongside another person to take action? Tami

Ordinary

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Today's reading: Judges 3:7-31

Judges 3 introduces us to the first three men God placed as judges over the nation of Israel--Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar. What's written about each of these men shows us a number of things: they listened to God, moved when He called them to action and trusted Him to go before them. But what's not written is also telling. Did you notice how there's no mention of things like success, popularity, or exceptional mental or physical abilities? That conveys that God is the in the business of using ordinary people. I like that, because it means you and I are capable of doing amazing things for God too.

What's one lesson you learned or noticed from these first three judges? How is God using and working through you (an ordinary person) right now (at work, with your family, in your circle of friends, at church or at school)? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 3:1-7

Because of Israel's disobedience, God leaves a number of nations in place to test the Israelites. Unfortunately, rather than standing strong on what they know is right and will please God, the people accept and join right in with the pagan practices of the nations around them. Judges 3:6 tells us:

"And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods."

And then verse 7 says, "They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth."

Ouch. . . what a good and clear reminder of the influence ungodly thinking and living can have on us and the importance of choosing wisely when it comes to the company we keep. As we live for God, we can't afford to underestimate the pull and the power of the world around us. Standing strong for God will require us to be extra careful and mindful of God's Word and ways in all situations.

What's one thing that helps you stand firmly as ungodly influences constantly press in around you? How do you guard against that subtle and gradual influx of worldly thinking? Tami

Today's reading: Judges 2:15-23

Not long after the death of Joshua and the generation of people he led, the Israelites turn away from God. Their behavior is horrible, and as a result, God allows other nations to come in and overtake and plunder them. Even so, God is moved by their awful circumstances ("they were in terrible distress," vs. 15) and provides judges to save them. But while you'd think the people would take this to heart and once and for all turn from their sinful ways and return to God, that's not what happens. What we read in Judges 2:19 is sad and telling.

"But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways."

What does this passage reveal about 1) our human hearts and nature, 2) God's love for us, and 3) the importance and influence of having godly leaders (in our churches, families and government)? Tami

Hello Judges

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Today's reading: Judges 2:1-23

For a lot of years, I stayed away from reading in the Old Testament. I had convinced myself that it was difficult language, wasn't particularly relevant, and of course, had to be tedious and boring. But I was so WRONG! When I finally read through the book of Judges, I was captivated with the storyline and surprised at how the attitudes, actions and thinking of the world today lined up so closely with what I was reading. So if you haven't spent a lot of time in the Old Testament, and specifically the book of Judges, I invite you to join me as I read, consider and work through this book. Get ready for a good read and a bunch of life lessons!

The first fifteen verses of Judges 2 remind me of a movie preview. What we see here will play out time and again throughout this book. We are prone to wander from God and do our own thing, and then when we hit bottom, we cry out for Him to rescue us.

What does this passage show us about our propensity to follow after our own desires rather than submitting to and following after God? What does this chapter reveal about how quickly a person, family and nation can turn away from God and head down a wrong path? Tami

Before God

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Today's reading: Psalm 10:1-18

David is petitioning God in Psalm 10, imploring Him not to delay in taking action against evil people and to rectify trouble-filled situations brought about by them. As part of his plea, David describes the wickedness and sinful acts and thinking of those who aren't following God. The common thread running throughout this description is the attitude, and perhaps even the belief, that "there is no God" (vs. 4) and that they can do as they please because God doesn't see what they're doing (vs. 11). It's a pretty accurate and sobering depiction of what can happen to anyone (even us) when we choose to push God aside and elevate ourselves to the position of being our own god.

What does this psalm reveal about the dangers of choosing to put ourselves and our desires above God? Tami

Stronghold

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Today's reading: Psalm 9:1-20

Psalm 9 is a proclamation of God's sovereignty and a praising of His righteousness. David praises God for how He governs with justice, highlighting that God is trustworthy and a refuge and stronghold for those who have chosen to follow Him. My favorite portion of this psalm is David's confident declaration found in verses 9-10:

"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you."

Thank you, David, for the reminder of God's faithful protection and provision!

How have you experienced God's protection and provision in a time of trouble? What's one thing that encouraged you from this psalm? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:11-18

Peter closes his second letter with a call to diligently wait for the Lord's return and be found by the Lord living rightly and at peace--not being swayed by false teaching but growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Excellent instructions for daily living!

How are you living out Peter's call to live rightly (according to God's Word) and at peace as you wait for the Lord's return? What's one example from the past week or so? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:1-13

The fact that my perceptions of time are different than God's is not something new to me. I'm well aware of it. Yet, all too often I expect things to happen in my time frame (which seems absolutely reasonable to me--LOL) and then get frustrated, disappointed and discouraged when God doesn't move according to my thinking and plans.

As I look back over the past ten years, my husband and I have had a number of significant decisions where we felt like it was time to make a change and we felt ready to move--right then. But as we sought God's direction, it was clear that His plan and timing weren't the same as ours. In fact, we're still waiting for God's direction concerning one situation, and it's going on several years now. So Peter's words in verse 8 about God's timing and the perspective adjustment it provided were good for me this morning. They were an encouraging reminder to help me not be weary in the wait.

"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

Thank You, God, for Your perfect timing. I know that Your ways are better than mine. Please help me wait patiently and with peace in all areas of my life because I know that You are in control.

What helps you keep the right perspective and attitude when something isn't happening at the pace you expect? Identify a time when God's timing proved to be wiser and better than what you were planning. How does looking back at how God has moved you forward help when you are in a period of waiting? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Peter 2:1-22

Peter puts out a strong warning against false teaching in 2 Peter 2, alerting and cautioning us about succumbing to the persuasive ways and words of those who twist the truth about God and faith in Christ. But rather than pointing out specific false ideas and principles, Peter instead highlights the behaviors and mindsets of those engaged in false teaching in order to help us identify those who would readily lead us away from God's truth. Peter then spends quite a bit of time explaining the penalty and judgment that will come to these truth twisters, supporting his words with historical examples of God's judgment.

Based on this passage, why is it so important for us to regularly take in God's Word and know what it says (truth)? What did 2 Peter 2 reveal about the value God puts on righteousness (doing what we know is right, being honest and speaking truth)? Tami

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