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.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 24 Bible Reading: Lamentations Chapters 1-3

REMEMBER the GOODNESS of GOD during our TROUBLES: "The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." (Lam. 3:25-26)

This short book of Lamentations records the grieving process of Jeremiah over the destruction of Jerusalem. Bible scholars have discovered that the book of Lamentations is organized around twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and he has used the technique of alphabetic acrostics to aid the reader in memorizing the passages more easily.

The city of Jerusalem was engulfed in flames, and the prophet Jeremiah wept as he walked through the rubble slowly with stooped shoulders. No one had listened to him when he had prophesied that God’s judgment would fall upon that city. Now, he was seeing the terrible prophecies becoming a reality and playing out before his very eyes. However, Jeremiah does not cut short his grieving process, but in fact, takes time to reflect upon the wonderful attributes of God who is in control, and is overwhelmed by thoughts of God’s promised salvation. Hope wells up within him and his spirit is quieted, leading him to the expression of these great truths of God’s providence.

What we see in the above referenced passage (Lam. 3:25-26) is that the prophet Jeremiah gets his eyes off himself and his surroundings and onto the Almighty God. His hope is revived when he remembers that it is good to wait quietly for the Lord’s deliverance. Jeremiah’s observation resembles those of other saints who have experienced great times of grief in their lives (Job 40:3–5; Isa. 26:3; Hab. 2:20; 3:17–19), and to his credit, he unequivocally accepts God’s will and His timing (see Ps. 40:1; Is. 40:31). Verses 22–26 focus on the renewal of hope in the midst of terrible distress!

Focusing on our problems can make us discouraged, but focusing on God’s never-ending goodness gives us hope for our future. Not only is God good to those who wait and hope on Him (v. 25), but it is also good for us as it instills in us a quiet confidence in the fact that God will save us when we are in dire trouble. When we are distressed, we will see the goodness of God when we hope and wait for the His salvation (v. 26).

So, let us remember that God is always good to those who earnestly seek, hope, and wait for Him (1 Chron. 28:9). Let us remember the goodness of God during our troubles, seek Him alone, and expect by faith that He will bring good things to pass for us. Let’s wait quietly for God to show us His salvation when we are in distress!

(God) said (to Moses): "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." (Exo. 33:19)

“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Ps. 31:19-20)

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