"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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 22-24

How can we become ‘PROFITABLE’ to GOD and OTHERS? Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: "Can a man be profitable to God, though he who is wise may be profitable to himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?" (Job 22:1-3)

Eliphaz begins the third cycle of speeches (22:1–27:23) by taking a new approach and asking whether Job’s righteousness did God any good (v. 2; 21:15). His questions are designed to show that God doesn’t need Job or anything he has or does, including his blameless ways. He begins with the assumption that wickedness brings only God’s judgment (vv. 1–5) and compiles a catalog of sins of which Job must be guilty including, taking wrongful pledges from the poor, refusing water to the weary, bread to the hungry, taking land by force, and oppressing widows and orphans (vv. 6–20). That, according to Eliphaz, accounts for Job’s present dilemma. The facts, however, were otherwise; Job had shown great social consciousness and had been generous in his charity.

When Eliphaz asked Job if he was profitable to God, we need to understand that we should be profitable to God and others. There are four essential things that are profitable for us in order to become profitable to God and other people:
  1. Word of God: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
  2. Godliness: "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come" (1 Timothy 4:8)
  3. Wisdom: "Wisdom is good with an inheritance, and profitable to those who see the sun" (Ecclesiastes 7:11)
  4. Good Works: "This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men" (Titus 3:8)
John Mark accompanied Barnabas and Paul during their first missionary journey (Acts 12:25), but for some reason returned home to Jerusalem after they had traveled as far as Perga (Acts 13:13). This later caused a sharp disagreement between Paul and Barnabas. Paul refused to take Mark with him on another missionary journey, while Barnabas defended his young cousin (Acts 15:36-40). They did however reconcile at a later time because Mark was with Paul in his first imprisonment at Rome (Colossians 4:10, Philemon 1:24). Towards the end of his life, Paul acknowledges that John Mark was useful (profitable) to him in his ministry (2 Timothy 4:11b).

So, how can we become profitable to God and others who come under our influence? By serving God faithfully and being the light and salt in our generation. Let us become “channels of blessings” to others as God’s love is poured out from our lives to others around us!

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