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 4, 2014

DON’T jump into CONCLUSIONS

DON'T jump into CONCLUSIONS

June 4 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 34-36

"Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God to do wickedness, and from the Almighty to commit iniquity. For He repays man according to his work, and makes man to find a reward according to his way." (Job 34:10-11)

Elihu started his long and final discourse with the assertion that the three friends of Job did not have any understanding even though they were many years older than him (Job 32:4). “Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice. Therefore I say, 'Listen to me, I also will declare my opinion.'” (Job 32:9-10). However, Elihu also jumped into a conclusion that God repays people according to his work and rewards people on this earth according to their deeds.

Elihu continued his speech with a scathing criticism of Job’s hypocrisy and cynicism. He said he could discern the flavor of Job’s speech and could expose it as a feeble attempt at self-justification (Job 34:1–6; 13:18). In reality, however, Job was no better than the sinner who loves to say that it never pays to serve the Lord (Job 34:7–9). Elihu then concluded on a theological ground that since God was holy and just, the reason for Job’s suffering lies with Job himself (vv. 10–12). God is sovereign over all His creation (vv. 13–15), and so He cannot be coerced or persuaded by earthly rulers to do what is unjust (vv. 16–19). Such beings, powerful as they are, will die, but God lives on, dealing with human beings only as they deserve (v. 20).

The premise of Job’s accusation was that Job was suffering because of his past misdeeds. This was wrong because Job was indeed a righteous man and God wanted to prove to Satan that Job would hold fast to his integrity even though he undergoes suffering in his life. At the end of the story, we see that Job was reinstated back to his original position and he got back double of what he had earlier.

Let us be careful that we never jump into any conclusions as to why someone is suffering in this earth. The wisdom and ways of God are beyond our comprehension. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Let us know that everything that happens in our lives happens only with the knowledge and plan of God and everything will work out for good at the end. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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