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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-3

God has put ‘ETERNITY’ in our HEARTS:"What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end." (Eccl. 3:9-11)

The question asked by King Solomon in the above passage is the same question that he had asked earlier in 1:3. The answer to this question is that all of life unfolds the appointment of God. All the toils of humankind cannot change the times, circumstances, and control of events that God has reserved to Himself!

Eternity may refer to the desire and capacity people have to understand God. God’s works will never be fully known. This does not mean that since we cannot understand life’s riddles, life is without meaning. However, God has made everything beautiful in His time. This statement is one of the most important declarations in the Old Testament. It not only affirms God’s sovereignty, but also His compassion. Everything that God makes, or that happens, is the gift of God, purposeful, to be desired, and appropriate for us.

God has also set eternity (the world) in our hearts. God has created us with the ability to appreciate the importance of what He is doing, even though it is beyond us to reason out the significance of each event. However, in the spirit of Romans 8:28 we know that God is working all things together for our good only.  In a world controlled by God (and not us) there is nothing better for us to do than to enjoy the things that are present and leave the future to God.

Solomon has concluded that God has made everything beautifulfor us and there is an appropriate time for each activity. God’s works and ways are inscrutable to us and there is no way in which we can solve the riddle of creation, providence, or the consummation of the universe, apart from a revelation from God. We cannot comprehend the great whole but only the parts (1 Cor. 13:9–12). Nevertheless, God is working with the whole universe, and only in eternity will we discover and understand the divine design (v. 11).

In the final analysis, God has given us a desire for eternity and so we cannot be satisfied with what is merely temporal. When we recognize our tragic limitations, we are more open to the message of God’s supreme control. Let us therefore walk gently and humbly before God.

The more we know about God, the more humble we will be as we recognize our own limitations and accept them as a fact of life. Let us accept our limitations today and know that we cannot comprehend eternity fully. Let us also accept God’s perfect timing for events that happen in our lives, and serve Him alone with godly reverence and humility. Remember, God has put eternity in our hearts for this reason alone!

'For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.' (Isaiah 57:15)

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