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, June 6, 2012

June 6 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 40-42

All is WELL that ENDS WELL: "And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days" (Job 42:10, 12-13, 16-17).

At the end of the book of Job we see that God brought an end to Job’s suffering and set him free to enjoy life again. God’s restoration of Job was immediate and overflowing as he was given friends (v. 11), material prosperity (v. 12), family (vv. 13–15), and long life (vv. 16, 17). The point to be noted is that God holds a loving control over every human life, and therefore God can be trusted completely in all things (Rom. 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:18). 

The turning point in Job’s life came when he prayed for the friends who had spitefully used him and persecuted him (Matt. 5:44). This represented God’s promised healing and restoration. Even though our salvation is always by grace through faith, but our final rewards are according to our work in this earth. The death and resurrection of Christ will guarantee ultimate restoration for all believers (Rom. 8:17; 1 Cor. 3:21, 22). The mystery of human suffering is not fully explained in the book of Job. As Wesley Baker puts it:
“When the end of the Book of Job comes, there is no answer written out. There is nothing there that would satisfy the logical mind!”
However, there are two conclusions we can draw from the story of Job
  1. Job’s suffering was not a direct result of his personal sin. God testified that he was a perfect and an upright man (1:8). God also said that the reasoning of Job’s three friends—that God was punishing him because of his sins—was not right (42:8).
  2. Although Job was not suffering because he had sinned, yet he was not delivered until he had a vision of his own nothingness and of God’s greatness (42:1–6) and until he prayed for his friends (42:10).
Job was faithful, Satan was wrong and God is vindicated. Job’s livestock is restored twofold; he receives more sons and daughters; and he lives to see his descendants for four generations. This is a fitting ending to a story of true worship and integrity in the face of extreme adversity. How much greater should be our faith on this side of the cross and empty tomb!

God does not guarantee this kind of happy ending in this life to everybody who goes through trials (Heb. 11:36–40), but He does promise to reward all who are true to Him (Rev. 2:10). End of the story…all is well that ends well…!!!

“You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (Jas. 5:11b).

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