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, May 31, 2014

Trace the HEART of GOD when you cannot SEE HIM

Trace the HEART of GOD when you cannot SEE HIM

May 31 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 22-24

"Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; when He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; when He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." (Job 23:8-10)

Eliphaz exhorted Job to admit that his sufferings resulted from sin (Job 22:1-11) to which Job disagreed. However, when Eliphaz reminded that God is in heaven (v. 12) - this statement may have triggered Job’s lament about God’s inaccessibility. First of all, Job wanted to make it clear that his suffering was even worse than it appeared or than he could describe (Job 23:1–2). This made it all the more urgent that he be able to confront God in a legal setting and arrive at a fair resolution of his case. Job believed that if only he could meet God face to face, he could persuade Him of his innocence (vv. 3–7). Of course, that was not possible, as Job could not see God anywhere he turned – whether it was forward or backward or at his left hand or at his right hand (vv. 8–9).

When Job could not see God around him, he then traced the heart of God. In the very next statement Job declared that God knows the way that he is taking at this time. Job then hit the core of his problems so far – God was testing him as gold is tested through all his afflictions. However, he will surely come out his distress one day – more valuable and more precious - free from all his impurities.

Here are three precious lessons that we can learn from Job’s life:
  1. At the most difficult times, we should trace the heart of God even when we cannot visualize His presence anywhere around us.
  2. God will provide us the strength and comfort to see us through our troubles.
  3. God will also intervene in our lives and with His peace fill up the place that is emptied of the comforts of this life.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7)

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)

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