"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.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 78-81

There is SAFETY and SECURITY for GOD’s PEOPLE: "But He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; and He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And He brought them to His holy border, this mountain which His right hand had acquired." (Psalms 78:52-54)

While describing the kindness displayed by God towards the rebellious Israel, Asaph pauses to explain the active role that God played in the lives of His people as they trekked through the wilderness en route to the Promised Land. According to His promise, God played the role of a shepherd who knew what was best for His sheep.

The above passage emphasizes the fact that God made his people travel like a flock of sheep through the perilous desert as He guided them like a shepherd. God planned the exact route that His people should travel as He took many factors into consideration. "Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.’ So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea" (Exodus 13:17-18).

The wonderful thing to note about allowing God to guide and navigate His people is that He led His people through His safety net and security as they traveled as a flock of sheep through the rough desert terrain. It is possible that God has made a hedge of protective wall around His people (see Job 1:9), and had given His angels charge over them to keep them protected in all their ways so that they would not dash their feet even against a stone (Psalms 91:11-12). As a part of God’s protection of His people, He destroyed the mighty army of Egypt including Pharaoh with the waters of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-28). Thereafter, God led them to Mount Horeb where He gave them specific laws for everyday life (Exodus 19:1-2). At the end of their journey, God led them to the borders of Israel (Joshua 1:1-4), the Promised Land that He has promised to their forefather Abraham many years ago (Gen. 12:1-3).  

As part of God’s flock, we are protected by God and one another! The biblical image of God as our shepherd, and Jesus as our Good Shepherd (John 10:1-30) reminds us how much we need to guidance and protection of our heavenly Father, and one another in the community of faith. Just like God guided the Israelites by the hand of Moses and Aaron (Psalms 77:20), He has placed people in spiritual leadership over us (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) to guide us until we reach the end of our life’s journey (Eph. 4:11-16).

Let us be fully assured that as part of God’s flock, we are under God’s guiding protective hand while being surrounded by other believers as a shield. There is safety and accountability for us being part of His flock - the community of faith. With Christ as our Good Shepherd, and believers around us, we have safety and security throughout our life journey!

"Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young." (Isaiah 40:10-11)

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