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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 31-33

SEEKING GOD & DOING RIGHT will bring ‘TRUE’ PROSPERITY: "Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered." (2 Chron. 31:20-21)

When the Chronicler is closing the 31st chapter, he summarizes in two lines what King Hezekiah did that earned him true prosperity from God. In fact, these two verses of scripture give a glowing commendation of King Hezekiah. Whatever Hezekiah did for God, he did with all his heart. What did Hezekiah do? He did “what was good and right and true before the Lord his God” (v. 20). He was zealously committed to the Law of God and to the commandments listed in God’s Law. It is therefore not surprising that Hezekiah prospered before God and the people!

It is important to note that Hezekiah led the people of Judah not out of a sense of kingly responsibility but as a heartfelt act of worship, service and obedience toward God. In fact, Hezekiah displayed all the good qualities of a godly king in restoring and upholding the Law of God that became his preamble of rule and constitution. His zeal in establishing true worship in the temple of God was evident and that became the hallmark of his leadership. He led the people in destroying the obscene images and pagan altars, after which they celebrated Passover, and the week following the Passover, cleaned up the temple (see Exod. 12:15–20). He then made certain the priests obeyed God’s law and ministered at the temple. The spiritual awakening that resulted invoked generosity in the people whose hearts were touched by God.

God rewarded Hezekiah for his faithfulness and obedience by delivering him from foreign invasion (32:1), healing his life-threatening sickness (32:24), forgiving his pride (32:26), and giving him immense wealth (32:27–31). When Hezekiah sought God with all his heart and did what was right before God, he enjoyed ‘true’ prosperity. There are four things to consider regarding ‘true’ prosperity:
  1. God is the One who makes us ‘truly’ prosperous (see Gen. 24:56). "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17).
  2. God takes pleasure in our prosperity. "Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, 'Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant'" (Psalms 35:27)
  3. We should pray for ‘true’ prosperity. See prayer of Jabez in 1 Chr. 4:9-10 that he prayed for prosperity from God. Let us also join with the Psalmist and pray: "Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity" (Psalms 118:25).
  4. We can only be ‘truly’ prosperous by seeking God through His Word. This is in line with God’s promise to Joshua: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Josh. 1:8).
Let us seek God through His Word and earnestly do what is right and pleasing in the sight of God. This will usher in ‘true’ prosperity in our lives so that we can be a blessing to others as well (Gen. 12:3). This is my prayer for you today: "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 2).

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