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.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 7-9

God visits us EVERY MORNING and tests us EVERY MOMENT: "What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him, that You should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?" (Job 7:17-18)

In chapter 7, Job talks to God about the seeming futility of his life. Why should God keep him alive? What is all this suffering accomplishing? Job is like a weary hired man who gets no wages (7:1–5). His life rushes by like the shuttle on a loom; it is like a breath and a cloud (7:6–10; James 4:13–17). Job is a target (6:4; 7:20), but what is God aiming at? “If I am a great sinner,” says Job, “then either pardon my sins or take my life. Either way, I will find some peace.” (See 6:9–10; 7:15, 20–21.)

In verses 17-18, Job asks the Lord why He should pay so much attention to an insignificant human being, hemming him in, terrifying him with nightmares, until he would rather be strangled. Is man so great that God should cause him to suffer continually? Why is man of so much importance that God should give so much “heart-thought” upon him?  

David uses the same words (Psalms 8:4; 144:3) in their right application, to express wonder that God should do so much as He does for insignificant man. Unlike Job, David was not suffering, so his thoughts on this subject are positive. He marvels that God cares so much for the creature He has made to reflect His own image. But Job, in his distress, wishes that God would leave him alone!

In the midst of his suffering, Job accuses God of spying on him and watching his every move. If God is seeking to refine Job through this suffering, He is demanding too much of frail humanity. It is clear that the biblical revelation is progressive, and at this early stage the doctrine of eternal life was not yet understood clearly. Job’s idea is that if there is to be any vindication, forgiveness, or wrongs righted, it must take place in this life to have any meaning.

When we apply this word to our lives, let us understand that God has “exalted” us enough to visit us every morning and test us every moment. The eyes of God that are on the sparrow are always watching us. He sees us and even intimately knows the thoughts in our hearts. His mercy and compassion are new every morning. Let us hope in God, seek Him every day and trust that He is good to those who wait upon His outpouring and intervention every moment of every day in their lives!

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in Him!" The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. (Lam. 3:22-25)

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