"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, June 7, 2012

June 7 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 1-9

Can we QUESTION God during our TROUBLES? "O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord--how long?" (Psalms 6:1-3)

Psalm 6 is the first of seven penitential psalms (32; 38; 51; 102; 130; 143), five of which are ascribed to David. In the penitential psalms the psalmist attributes his affliction to his sin, and consequently the psalm is both an expression of remorse and a confession of sin. David is very conscious that he deserves to be rebuked, but he does not want the sovereign God to destroy him with a rebuke. Thus, he seeks mercy from God for his physical well-being (vs. 2), as well as his spiritual well-being (vs. 3–4).

We need to understand that some believers fall sick due to unconfessed sin in their lives (1 Cor. 11:30), but this is not always the case. God sometimes permits sickness in the lives of His children to display works (John 9:3), or, His power and glory (as in the case of Lazarus in John 11:4), or as a means of producing spiritual fruit in the life of a believer (Rom. 5:3), or to prevent sin through pride  ( as the case of Apostle Paul in 2 Cor. 12:7), or as a natural result of overwork (Phil. 2:30) or even old age (Eccl. 12:3–6).

When troubles come in our lives through sickness, we should ensure that we have no unconfessed sins in our life. Then we should ask the Lord to work out His purposes through our sickness and to heal us if it is His will. Let us be careful to seek the Lord and not only the physicians during our illness unlike King Asa (2 Chron. 16:12). Ultimately, all healing comes from God whether He uses doctors or medicines or prayers to bring that healing.

This brings us to the question – can we question God during our troubles and sickness? What we can understand from reading the different psalms is that it is not a bad idea to question God during our troubles about the things that we are concerned about, if these matters are of utmost concern to us. In Psalms 6:3, the question “O Lord-how long” is a question with a desire to see God’s plan accomplished in David’s life. In Psalms 8:4, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” is a question of awe that God even cares about the sinful human beings. In Psalms 10:1, the question “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?” is a question that reveals the longing for God’s presence. Finally, in Psalms 15:1, the question "Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?" is the ultimate question regarding who may live in God’s presence.

It is definitely fine to sincerely question God who has all the answers that we seek!

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