"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 13-15

Trusting God in the wildernessWhen God led the children of Israel out of Egypt through Moses, the journey was meticulously planned by God. Even though the children of Israel were not a fighting force but consisted of 600,000 men on foot besides women, children and a mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37-38), they were referred to as “the armies of the Lord” (Exodus 12:41b, 51b) and they went up in “orderly ranks” out of Egypt (Exodus 13:18b). God did not allow the Israelites to go by the land of the Philistines even though it was a shorter way, for God said “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. (Exodus 13:17-18a). There were many obstacles to be encountered in the wilderness journey starting with the Red Sea (Exodus 14) and the bitter waters at Marah (Exodus 15:22-25). However, God went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light (Exodus 13:21-22). We also read that the Angel of God went before them as their navigator, but at the time of need went behind them as their protector as well (Exodus 14:19).

Just like God chose to lead the Israelites through a longer route that protected, trained and tested them, at times God also leads us through a longer route of trails and difficulties. Do you feel impatient and discouraged when things don’t happen the way we plan in our lives? Just accept the path that God has placed us in, and be content with God’s purpose in our lives. As Hebrews 12:1-2 exhorts us, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Let us trust in God to lead us through in our wilderness journey into the Promised Land!

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