"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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23 Bible Reading: Esther Chapters 7-10

We will REAP what we SOW: "You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men." (Hosea 10:13)

The above verse from the book of Hosea aptly describes Haman, the enemy of the Jews. Out of the wickedness in his heart, he had devised and attempted to annihilate all the Jews in the province by taking advantage of the king’s naivety. However, God used Queen Esther to destroy the schemes of the enemy Haman.

At the banquet that Esther had prepared for King Ahasuerus and Haman, she revealed her true identity and begged the king for her life and the lives of her people (Esther 7:3-4). When the king asked her to reveal who was responsible for this dastardly act, Esther pointed to Haman as the cause of her grief. As Haman began to beg Esther for forgiveness he fell on her couch in sheer desperation causing the King to accuse him of attacking the Queen. Haman was immediately taken to be hung to death - on the very gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Also, his ten sons were also hanged on the gallows later (Esther 9:13-14). Haman had indeed reaped what he sowed!

Mordecai received Haman’s official position and all his property. A proclamation was issued allowing all the Jews to defend themselves and because of Mordecai’s new position, they even received help from non-Jews. So on the day that Haman had planned for the annihilation of the Jewish nation, all the enemies of the Jews were destroyed. "On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them." (Esther 9:1) This victorious day is still celebrated as Purim every year on the 14th and 15th days of Adar on the Jewish calendar. An annual feast and celebration is held to honor God for delivering the Jews from their enemies. Clearly, God had perfect timing in arranging the events of Esther’s life, showing His faithful care of His chosen people!

One thing that we can learn from these series of events is that we will reap what we sow – this is the law of God. "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He, who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him" (Psalms 126:5-6).

Let us turn back to the book of Hosea to understand what God truly wants from our lives: "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12)

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