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, May 28, 2014

It is BETTER to TRUST in God – no matter WHAT HAPPENS

It is BETTER to TRUST in God – no matter WHAT HAPPENS

May 28 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 13-15

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation..." (Job 13:15-16)

As Job processed his current pitiful situation, he made a very important decision that would go a long way in providing him fortitude for his arduous journey ahead.  He purposed to put himself in God’s hands despite his ignorance of God’s purposes for him. He could not save himself after all (Job 13:13–14), so no matter what God did to him—even to the point of taking his life—he would trust God completely (vv. 15–16). By thus submitting himself to God, Job was not conceding that his friends’ accusations about him were justified. Indeed, he maintained that his defense before them was indisputable (vv. 17–19).

Job then turned to the Lord with two requests and five questions. He begged for God (a) to take away His hand of wrath and (b) to deliver him from fear (vv. 20–21). He asked God (1) to reveal the gravity of his sins, (2) why God was hiding from him, (3) why God was treating him as an enemy, (4) why God was scaring him who was like a leaf tossed in the wind, and (5) why God was going after him whose life had turned to dry wood (vv. 22–25). To Job it seemed that God had put him in the impossible situation of holding him accountable for misdeeds that He refused to disclose to him (vv. 26–28). Job then concluded that human beings by nature and birth were hopelessly fragile and impaired. Their existence is temporal (Job 14:1–2), and their days were predetermined by God (vv. 3–5). It was therefore better to trust in God – no matter what happens!

Job is a good example to emulate – he resolved to trust God even though life had turned sour for him. Even though darkness was on every side, Job decided to look up to the ‘light of the world’ for guidance and comfort. During times of intense trouble, let us also resolve to trust in God and wait on Him to act on our behalf. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. (Prov 3:5-7)

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