"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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 4-6

"Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah." (2 Sam 5:3-5) "So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel" (2 Sam 5:12)

David was anointed as a future king of Israel when he was a young shepherd boy (1 Sam 16:11-13), perhaps when he was 12-15 years old. He was anointed as King of Israel when he was thirty years old. (2 Sam. 5:3) This means that David had to wait for at least 15 years before he became the king of Israel. In fact, this was the third time David was anointed, the one before was when he was anointed king over the house of Judah (2 Sam 2:4).

There were so many instances in David’s life when he could have murdered Saul and taken over the leadership of Israel. David must have understood that before God blesses someone or gives them authority of any kind, He tests them over a period of time to see if they will be worthy of the blessing or calling. God looks on the heart of man and not on the outward appearance as people generally do (1 Samuel 16:7).

Though David continued to have many trials during his lifetime, he became the greatest king of Israel ruling for forty years. There are many lessons we can learn from the delay that happened for David to become Israel’s second king:  
  1. David became the king of Israel only after encountering a great deal of adversity, which was typical of God’s training through hardship and maturing before handing over the enormous task of ruling over Israel. Let’s understand that delays may be God’s training period in our lives.
  2. The delay in David is typical of the way God brings about His promises and purposes. God is not in a hurry but has all the time in the world. In fact, God is bigger than time and certainly not limited by time. Let’s understand that God has a perfect time for anything substantial that happens in our lives.
  3. It is in times of waiting for God that many have failed in their obedience. Waiting is one of the forms of adversity, a test of our endurance to check if we remain true to God. Let’s understand that our obedience through perseverance is tested during our waiting period.
  4. Satan often attacks us by trying to capitalize on divine delays as he tries to put our mind at ease by pointing to divine delays as proof God either does not know, or does not care, when we sin. Let’s be careful as not to slack off from our divine calling while we wait on God.
  5. Lastly, the times of waiting on the Lord are designed to be those times when our faith is stretched and our intimacy with Him is enhanced. Let’s remain strong in our faith in God’s promises and draw closer to Him during our waiting period.
Let us learn from David that waiting is a part of our calling when God wants to achieve great things through us. We will be tempted to short-cut this waiting, but this would be sin. There may be others who are willing to help us with such short-cuts. But let us resolve in our hearts to be like David, and to wait upon the Lord to fulfill His purposes and promises in His perfect time. Let us be assured that while we wait, God is working in us to prepare us for the good things that lie ahead. Let us not doubt that we shall see them, and instead devote ourselves to doing the good we know to do and that we are able to do, while we wait.

"Wait on the Lord and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it" (Psalms 37:34)

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