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.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 10-12

TRUST in the WISDOM and SOVEREINTY of GOD: "But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? Does not the ear test words and the mouth taste its food? Wisdom is with aged men, and with length of days, understanding. With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding." (Job 12:7-13)

In Job chapter 11, Zophar launched a personal attack on Job himself by calling him a hypocrite for protesting his innocence in the face of contrary evidence (vv. 1–6). Without any sympathy, Zophar tried to convince Job that his troubles stemmed from hidden sin, and God was punishing Job as a result of his sin. He also contended that Job lacked a healthy respect for the wisdom of God, the omniscient One who knows all about human wickedness despite efforts to conceal it (vv. 7–12).

As a rejoinder, Job wishes his miserable friends could understand that disaster often comes on those least prepared and least deserving of it (Job 12:4–6). Then Job reflected on the sovereign ways of God that are manifest in nature (vv. 7–9) and in man’s very existence (v. 10). In the light of this lofty concept, the arguments of Job’s friends appeared to be shallow (vv. 11–12). The only way Job could explain his condition was that God’s omniscience and omnipotence were incomprehensible with respect to nature (vv. 13–15), individuals (vv. 16–21), mysteries of the unseen (v. 22), and the affairs of whole nations (vv. 23–25).

God Himself tells us this unchanging reality: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Let us trust in the wisdom and sovereignty of God – in the fact that He is working behind the scenes on our behalf and preparing us to be effective tools in His kingdom! 

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