"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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 7-9

"God has NOT forgotten you"

Now David said, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" (2 Sam 9:1) "Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?" (2 Sam 9:3)

After David had settled down and established his throne of Israel, “for the Lord preserved David wherever he went” (2 Sam 8:6b, 14b), David remembered the covenant that he had made with his beloved friend Jonathan many years ago, and what Jonathan had specifically told him: "And you shall not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth." So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "Let the Lord require it at the hand of David's enemies." Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. (1 Sam 20:14-17)

David made some specific inquiries and found out that Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, who was lame in both his feet still survived. According to 2 Sam 4:4, he was five years old at his father's death and David had never seen him as he was hidden in Lo-debar, which in Hebrew means, “a place of no pasture”. Being of the house of Saul, the enemy of David, he was possibly concealed by his friends to prevent David from killing him as was the general custom of monarchy in those days. "Then King David sent and brought him out..." (2 Sam. 9:5). Mephibosheth had done nothing to merit this kindness, but was indeed lame and not able to act on his own accord. David brought Mephibosheth out of obscurity to a place of prominence. This is what David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually." (2 Sam 9:7) Mephibosheth was invited to stay continually at David’s royal palace and was bestowed a permanent seat at David’s royal table. Saul's family estate, which had fallen to David in right of his wife (Num 27:8) and forfeited to the crown by Ishbosheth's rebellion (2Sam 12:8), was also provided to Mephibosheth to enable him to maintain an establishment suitable to his rank (2Sam 9:11; 19:28). This is how this incident is described later on: “But the king spared Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the Lord's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul” (2 Sam 21:7).

This incident speaks to us a very important message – God has not forgotten us! Just like King David who brought Mephibosheth from “a place of no pasture” to a secure place of care and providence, God has "...brought us up out of a horrible pit and out of the miry clay and set our feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord“(Psalms 40:2-3). This act speaks volumes about the grace of God, the unmerited favor that He has bestowed upon us. 

God is always looking out for us. Let us always rest on His wonderful promise that God will NEVER forget us. "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:15-16)

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