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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 4-6

Do TROUBLES originate from our PAST SINS only? "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole. He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes; in seven no evil shall touch you.” (Words of Eliphaz to Job in 5:17-19)

After sitting silent for seven days and nights, Job opened his mouth and started out by publicly cursing the day of his birth (Job 3:1). This reaction to his suffering is the same that Jeremiah also would emulate later (Jer. 20:14–18). Job intensified his anguish by wishing that he would be born dead in his mother’s womb (Job 3:11). To have been stillborn at birth would have been better (Job 3:11–19). Since that option was impossible, Job finally longed for death (Job 3:20–26).

Job’s first respondent, Eliphaz, was from Teman in the Arabian Desert (see Job 2:11; 6:19). He first rebuked Job for his lack of composure in difficulty, especially since Job himself had comforted others in similar circumstances (4:1–4). But he then drove straight to the heart of the issue: No one ever suffered or died prematurely without sin having brought it on. Job therefore must have sinned (Job 4:5–11). Sinners suffer because they sin; to say otherwise is to assert that God is not just (Job 4:12–21).

Continuing his charge against Job, Eliphaz became more personal in his accusations. He had seen people who started out well but their world came crashing down later because of their sin. They suffered calamities similar to those of Job, which could not be attributed to “bad luck” or external causes. This is definitely God’s judgment for sin in Job’s life (Job 5:1–7). The only solution for Job, Eliphaz said, was for him to turn back to God (Job 5:8–16). What God did in Job’s case, Eliphaz implied, was to bring suffering into his life as an alarm to help him come to grips with the reality of his sin. If Job would make things right with God, he would once more enjoy the blessing of many children and abundant riches (Job 5:17–27).

The question before us is this - do our troubles originate from past sins only? The answer is a resounding “NO”. We know that Job was a righteous man as asserted in Job 1:1 and Ezekiel 14:14, 20. His troubles were NOT as a result of his past sins.

Our Lord Jesus Christ also answers this question very clearly as seen in the passage below: "There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:1-5). 

Let us always remember that our troubles DO NOT originate from our past sins ONLY…!!!

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