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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 22-24

Doing ‘GOOD’ to OUR ENEMIES as a WAY of LIFE: So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, "Is this your voice, my son David?" And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. Then he said to David: "You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. And you have shown this day how you have dealt well with me; for when the Lord delivered me into your hand, you did not kill me. For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him get away safely? Therefore may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. (1 Sam 24:16-19)

David had been earlier described by Samuel as a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14). The reason for this was because David was tender-hearted, even to his enemies. From the time King Saul started resenting David for his popularity, David had been behaving wisely in all his ways (1 Sam. 18:5, 14, 30) for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him from the time he was anointed with oil by Samuel to become the next king of Israel (1 Sam. 16:13).

From the time King Saul went public with his intentions to kill David; it was obvious that David could not lead a ‘normal’ life. He became a ‘wanted’ criminal to King Saul, and had to run away and be in hiding as a fugitive. King Saul became so brazen and vitriolic in his quest to kill David that he murdered 85 innocent priests of God, and every living person and animal in Nob, the city of the priests (1 Sam. 22:18-19). There was no doubt that King Saul would kill David without a moment’s hesitation if he ever got a chance!

It was then that David got a chance to kill King Saul instead. In fact, his own men encouraged him to do that, saying: “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, 'Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand that you may do to him as it seems good to you.'” (1 Sam 24:4). However, David was not willing to raise even his little finger against God’s anointed one for his knew that God expected him to repay evil with good only. So, all that David did was to cut a corner of King Saul’s robe just to keep as an evidence of his close encounter with King Saul.

However, David’s conscience was so tender that he was troubled after he cut off a corner of King Saul’s robe. He was humiliating the king, and David knew what it meant to respect authority, especially God’s authority over his life. This is what David told his men: "The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord." (1 Sam 24:6) David then restrained his men to punish King Saul and exact his revenge!

Instead of repaying Saul for his evil deeds, David saw an opportunity to show mercy (Matt. 5:7, 10–12). This is exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ also did: "who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously" (1 Peter 2:23). Let us follow their examples in our daily lives, and intentionally ‘do good’ to our enemies even when they scheme, plot and actively work against us! God will surely bless us for ‘doing good’ to our enemies as a way of life!

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

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