"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, August 23, 2012

August 23 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 49-52

NATURE reveals the ‘PROFOUND’ WISDOM of GOD: "He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding. When He utters His voice--there is a multitude of waters in the heavens: He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries." (Jer. 51:15-16)

We know that God created the world and everything in it. It took God only six days to create everything out of nothing by His spoken world, and we have a record of the entire creation process in the first pages of the Bible (Genesis chapter 1). The triune God created the heavens and the earth along with the plants, animals and man. "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him." (Col. 1:16)

So, God formed or established the world by His power and wisdom. "For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and He has set the world upon them." (1 Sam. 2:8)  Jeremiah chapters 46–51 emphasize that God is both the controller and consummator of earth’s history. These above verses as well as Jeremiah 10:12–16 reinforce the truth that God is also the creator and sustainer of this world.

The acts of creation demonstrate the omnipotence of God, and His wisdom in governing the world points to His omniscience. The root verb for “established” affirms the direct causation of God in the creating process of the “world.” Though the Bible is not a book of science, it is reassuring to see how God’s Word upholds genuine laws of science. For example, note the explanation of the process of evaporation in Jer. 15:16 where it explains how water arises up in the form of vapor (due to heat), how God makes lightnings for the rain to fall and blows them to the earth through the wind that He sends out. "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes." (John 3:8)

In fact, if we wish to even briefly try to comprehend the wisdom of God, we do not need to look anywhere but nature. A simple act of plants sustaining itself through the process of a complex chemical reaction called photosynthesis has to come from the infinite wisdom of God. God has caused the flowers to bloom at certain specific times during the day, which is in itself an amazing phenomenon. The cause of our universe coming into being, and its continuing to operate as it does, is a dynamic display of God's wisdom!

In fact, God's wisdom is displayed in the universe itself, whether in the stars, the moon, the sun and the solar system or everything that we see around in nature, even the microscopic creatures present everywhere. Let us look to the nature around us that reveals the profound wisdom of God!

"Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?" (Job 35:10-11)

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