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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 43-45

CELEBRATING the ‘END RESULT’ that God has PLANNED for US: Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood still, because he did not believe them. But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived. Then Israel said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die." (Gen 45:25-28)

About three years ago, the sons of Jacob had brought the blood stained multi-colored tunic of Joseph to their father while acting innocent of any wrong doing. At that time, Jacob had jumped into the conclusion that his beloved son Joseph was dead being torn into pieces by a wild beast (Gen. 37:31-33). Out of grief, Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist and mourned for his son for many days (v. 34). During that time, he refused to be comforted by anyone, and was convinced that he will go into the grave with his son in mourning (v. 35).

Now the same sons had returned with very different news for their father: Joseph was alive in Egypt, and not only that, he was the governor over all the land of Egypt as well. Jacob was stunned and his heart “stood still” - he almost died of shock. But he soon revived when he saw the carts that Joseph had sent to carry him. Jacob is now called Israel in verse 28, as he has got his vigor renewed, and could now see his favorite son, whom he had believed to be dead.

Though he was old and the journey would be arduous, Israel made a decision to go to Egypt and see his beloved son Joseph before his death. This decision actually shaped the destiny of the nation Israel. As Kline analyzed, the nation of Israel “was destined to emerge in a land not theirs, their return to Canaan requiring God’s mighty acts in Exodus and conquest that stamped on Israel’s possession of the kingdom, the character of a sovereign grant from a divine Savior”.

Israel had now started to celebrate the end-result that God had planned for Him. During the last many years, he was weeping and mourning for his son whom he had believed to be dead. Little did he know that God was planning something better for him than what he could ever imagine! Surely, the end justified the means that God used to save Israel and his family from death and annihilation (Gen. 45:7-8).

When things happen in our lives that we do not anticipate, we should spend some time reflecting the events in our lives from a theological point of view. This means that we should look backward from time to time to see how God has worked in our lives. God’s ways and thoughts about us are much higher than our thoughts, ways and expectations about our lives. Let us understand that God has planned something better for us than we can even imagine, and look forward to the day when we too can celebrate the end-result that God has planned for our lives!

"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)

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