GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 13-15

CONSULTING with GOD & HIS WORD is our BEST OPTION: Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us...bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul." Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. (1 Chron 13:1-4)
Then David said, "No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever." (1 Chron 15:2) "For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order." (1 Chron 15:13)
The children of Israel had neglected the Ark of God since the days of Saul, so King David resolved to bring the Ark to its rightful place in Jerusalem from the house of Abinadab in Kirjath Jearim. Like a wise ruler, David consulted with every leader and everyone in Israel and he received a unanimous approval to go ahead with this project. However, David did not consult with the law that was already given through Moses in this matter in Numbers 4:5; 7:9; 10:17 that the Ark of God should only be transported on the shoulders of the Levite priests. Instead, David prepared a new cart, and got two excellent people to guide the oxen. However, a mishap occurred when one of the cart drivers Uzza tried to stabilize and keep the Ark of God from falling down when the oxen stumbled. Inadvertently he broke the law of God and received a swift death punishment from God (1 Chron. 13:7-10). We may question the fairness of this judgment of God, but God had clearly stated in Numbers 4:15 that He would put to death anyone who touched the Ark of God.
After the lapse of three months (1Chron 13:14) the purpose of transporting the ark to Jerusalem was resumed. Time and reflection had led to a discovery of the cause of the painful catastrophe that marred the first attempt. In preparing for the solemn procession that was now to usher the sacred symbol into its resting place, David took special care that the Ark of God should be transported in strict conformity to the law of God. David now realized that earlier he had neither consulted with God nor His Word properly and the results were not good.
Let us understand that consulting with God and His Word is our best option before taking any crucial decision in our lives. God is great in His counsel, as the prophet Jeremiah has expressed to God: "You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings" (Jer 32:19). Our God is “...wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance" (Isaiah 28:29). Let us look to Him alone for giving us excellent counsel every step of our way. 

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