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, April 29, 2012

April 29 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 22-24

Preparing our ‘FUTURE GENERATIONS’ for God’s MINISTRY: Now David said, "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it." So David made abundant preparations before his death. (1 Chron. 22:5)

King David was a visionary. Not only did he understand how to follow God’s plan during his lifetime, but David was able to look beyond his lifetime and fulfill his desire to build the house of God through his son Solomon. He wanted the best for God, and the house of God that David envisioned in his imagination was to be “exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries” (v. 5). So, while David was still alive, he decided to prepare everything in advance for his son Solomon, so that when the time came to start with the building construction, everything that was needed would be readily stocked, available and in the proper place.

Let us look closely at the different things that King David did while he was alive in advance preparation for building the house of God for and on behalf of his son Solomon:
  • He gathered all the foreigners in Israel together as part of his manpower resource planning (v. 2a)
  • He designated and appointed masons for cutting the hewn stones for the building (v. 2b)
  • He stocked up iron in plenty for the use of nails and joints (v. 3a)
  • He gathered bronze in advance for the inlay work of the building (v. 3b)
  • He accumulated cedar trees for the major construction work (v. 4)
  • He called his son Solomon and gave him specific instructions and encouragement (vv. 6-13)
  • He recruited different skilled workers in advance, including woodsmen and stone cutters (v. 15a)
  • He amassed all the costly materials needed for the exterior of the building (vv. 14-16)
  • He directed all the leaders of Israel about how they should assist Solomon in his task (v. 17)
  • He brought Israel to a relative time of peace and rest from all war, thus making it conducive for the massive building project (v. 18-19)
  • Finally, he made his son Solomon king of Israel while he was alive and gave him proper authority and power to rule over Israel (23:1)
In a nutshell, David prepared his son Solomon for God’s ministry that he could easily undertake after he was dead and gone. In a striking parallel, we see how our Lord Jesus Christ coached and mentored his twelve disciples through a daily training process during the 3.5 years of His public ministry. Every incident, every miracle, every parable was a teaching lesson for His disciples about God's wonderful plan of redemption and the wonderful ministry that God had for them in the future. During the week before He died, Jesus spent quality time with his disciples as He prepared them for His eventual death and separation, and we can read the lengthy discourses of Jesus in the gospel of John chapters 13-16. Thereafter, Jesus prayed for His disciples in His lengthy high priestly prayer recorded in John chapter 17 (see verses 8 and 20 in particular). Jesus was actually preparing His disciples for the future ministry that they had to undertake after His death and ascension to heaven.

Apostle Paul took this cue from His Lord and also mentored his beloved disciple Timothy, who was “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2) through the two personal epistles of 1st and 2nd Timothy. God has gifted us tremendous wisdom through various experiences that we have undergone in our lives, and God desires that we should also prepare our future generations for God’s ministry just like King David, our Lord Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul. Let’s take some time today and examine our lives to check what we are doing in that area of ministry!

"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Tim. 2:1-3)

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