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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 40-42

(Job restored to his former position)
SEEING God in the MIDST of our TRIALS: Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You...I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:1-2, 5-6)

As God Almighty questioned Job within the context of His creation and the wonders of nature that could not be fathomed by a finite human being, Job could truly learn the greatness of God. All his life Job lived as a righteous man and believed in God as well as prayed to God daily. This was based out of a knowledge that he had about God. However, it was in the midst of the storms in his life that Job could actually SEE God…and that was enough for him. All the questions that he had were answered by God through the profound revelation.

When Job saw the greatness of God, he did not have any more words of complaint or self-pity. As Job was brought to his senses by this recounting of God’s unfathomable, inexpressible sovereignty, all Job could do is confess that he had spoken out of turn. When he was questioning the activities of God earlier, he should have been praising. What Job thought he knew about God through prior theological knowledge, he now had come to know by experience of revelation. The answer now was obvious—repentance and full trust in his God (Job 42:1–6).

We need to understand that sometimes the best answers to life’s most baffling and troubling questions lie not in what God says, but in who He is. When we recognize that truth, we will begin to see that God does not just know the answers but, in fact, is the answer. To know Him is to know all one needs to know. We can know God better when we pass through trials and sufferings like Job. We will get more clarity in our life’s vision as God will speak to us in the midst of our trials and sufferings. We can truly see God in the midst of our trials if we look hard for Him and try to listen intently to His still small voice!

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. (1 Cor 2:9-10)

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