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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 37-39

‘STAND STILL & CONSIDER’ the WONDERFUL WORKS of GOD: "Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know when God dispatches them, and causes the light of His cloud to shine? Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?" (Job 37:14-16)

In his rather long speech (see 36:26–37:24), Elihu reflects on the power, beauty and greatness of God as revealed in creation through the following elements of nature: raindrops (36:27, 28), thunderstorms (36:29–37:5), snow (37:6–9), ice (37:10), and clouds (37:11–13). While lightning and thunder showcases the greatness of God (37:1–5), snow and rain speaks about God’s control over these elements (37:6). God’s display of power makes everyone silent and even brings fear in every animal (37:7–8). The cyclical patterns of the weather are expressions that God is dependable as He brings everything to pass in its season (37:9–12).

In light of these examples of God’s greatness, Elihu asks how a mere mortal can question the ways of God. He goes on to challenge Job’s knowledge of nature, specifically how the clouds are balanced. Actually barring the natural scientific explanations about moisture condensation into vapor, clouds float because God in His wisdom has ordered the natural laws in such a way that they reveal His wonderful works that have been designed out of His perfect knowledge. Clouds are a symbol of the goodness of God and His grace in creation. The clouds (as part of the heavens above) declare the glory of God as they point us to the Creator God, just as the Psalmist David describes: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1). The gathering clouds, rain, wind, thunder, and lightning illustrate the grandeur and glory of God!

How should we respond to the evidences of God’s greatness in nature? We should stand still and consider the wonderful works of God. In fact, we should visualize God’s majesty through these elements of nature, then thank Him for His provisions, and finally obey Him with godly fear and reverence. Nature does reveal the greatness of God; but it is in Jesus Christ that we see the grace of God, and grace meets all our needs!

Job’s life had been full of family, festivities, worship, and work until he lost it all, along with his health. After lengthy suffering and deep depression, he heard God through his friend Elihu telling him to “stand still and consider the wonderful works of God” (37:14). Job needed to pause and reflect the grandeur of God that He has revealed through His creation.

God also beckoned David to the same kind of reflective rest stop in the midst of chaos and turmoil in his life with these words: “come behold the works of the Lord,” and to “be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46: 8, 10). God created every living creature that moves (Gen. 1:21) as He gave them life through His own breath (Gen. 1:26; 2:7). To understand the wonders of creation, we should also ‘stand still and consider the wonderful works of God’. Let us praise God for His wonderful creation, and stand in awe in His presence. By appreciating the wonders of God’s creation, we can begin to revel in the amazing truth that we are loved by its Creator – God!

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalms 8:1, 3-4)

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