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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 19-21

UNDERSTANDING the ‘FATE’ of the WICKED PEOPLE: "Look, I know your thoughts, and the schemes with which you would wrong me. For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent, the dwelling place of the wicked?' Have you not asked those who travel the road? And do you not know their signs? For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; they shall be brought out on the day of wrath." (Job 21:27-30)

Bildad and Zophar tried to use logic to silence Job, and they reasoned that God blessed the righteous but makes the wicked suffer on this earth. Job was suffering and therefore, Job was wicked. But Job questioned their basic premise. He had often seen the wicked enjoying great blessing: long life, many descendants, peace and safety, riches, success, and days filled with joy. Even when the wicked died, their death is often quick and easy (see 21:7-33; Psalms 73:1–14). However, Job struck at the heart of his friends’ assumption that the wicked are judged and the righteous are blessed on this earth. Looking at life objectively, this simply was not true!

The problem of the Book of Job is still unsolved. Why do the righteous suffer? Job, however, has made some progress and little glimmers of light have begun to shine through the dark enigma of his suffering. The Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes reviews this same problem and concludes that from all that a person can see, God must be indifferent (Eccl. 9:1–12; Matt. 5:44, 45). God’s nature is to be patient and kind, but His promises of judgment are not false, whatever the evidence may seem to be in one’s limited historical experience. Equally, God’s promises of blessing for the righteous will be fulfilled one day. We must trust God’s Word rather than our own experience and Job never discovers in this life why the righteous suffer!

Job is perplexed concerning the wicked people as they seem to live prosperously without God, and this was Job’s greatest theological difficulty at this point. We can now better understand why the three friends were so hard on Job: they were afraid that trials might come to them as they did to Job. They protected themselves with a false theology that was born in the pit of hell: “If we obey God, He will bless us and protect us from suffering.” Job detected their fear (6:21) and refuted their reasoning, which made them angry. The three friends had a very shallow view of God and of faith and life, while Job penetrated the deep things of God. People who trust in a false theology are living a life of illusion that one day will vanish!

There is actually no direct connection between one’s outer prosperity and inner spirituality. God’s people are numbered among all levels of society: rich, middle-class, and poor. There are also unrighteous people who are rich, middle-class, and poor. Ultimately, our personal faith and trust in God through Jesus Christ is what matters in our lives!

Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (Jude 1:14-15)

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