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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 4 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 34-36

Understanding GOD, who gives us ‘SONGS in the NIGHT’: “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)

In these chapters Elihu is trying to address two critical issues that Job had raised earlier. In response to Job’s charge that God has wrongly afflicted an innocent man, Elihu explains that God’s sovereignty (34:13–15) and omniscience (34:21–28) ensures that God is totally just in His ways. Elihu also argues that neither sin nor righteousness will change God (35:5–7) against Job’s position that righteousness does not garner divine favor! In a nutshell, Elihu openly condemns Job for his foolishness in maintaining that He was innocent and charging God instead!

God has given us wisdom more than animals and birds, so we must call upon God’s mercy and seek the wisdom of our Creator, who gives us “songs” even in hours of darkness. The righteous person who relies upon the providence of God can sing hymns even in affliction like the case of Paul and Silas in the 1st century: "At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God" (Acts 16:25). God has given us a higher nature than the brute “beasts” (35: 11), and this should teach us to carry our burdens to God with a spirit of trust in and commitment to divine providence. If we do not cry out to God humbly and without personal pride, we will not receive an answer from God (35:12). So, what Job needed to do was to stop complaining and turn to God, who alone has the answer to his plight (35:9–11).

Let us always remember that God always loves us deeply and cares for us. God intimately understands the difficulties that we are experiencing in our lives, and always gives us the grace and the strength to go through our trials that allows us to rise above our circumstances. His heart of love is touched by our grief, our sorrows, and our perplexities as He gives us songs in the night! God comforts us in sickness, in disappointment, in poverty, reproach, and distress. God tenderly ministers to us so we can minister and bless others in spite of our circumstances!

God does not sleep in the night as He watches over His children: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." (Psalms 121:1-4)

Let us remember that God is great in His love (Eph. 2:4), mercy (Ps. 86:13), and kindness (Ps. 117:2). God may not immediately take away our trials, but He can give us a song in the night (v. 10). "The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and in the night His song shall be with me--a prayer to the God of my life" (Ps. 42:8). "I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search" (Ps. 77:6). "At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of Your righteous judgments" (Ps. 119:62).

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