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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

UNDERSTAND the ‘TRANSITORY NATURE’ of HUMAN LIFE

UNDERSTAND the ‘TRANSITORY NATURE’ of HUMAN LIFE

May 28 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 13-15

"Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue. Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass." (Job 14:1-2, 5)

The Book of Job is filled with references to the brevity of man’s life. This chapter (14) is a beautiful, but sad, poem in which Job meditates upon the human condition and the brevity of life. Man is only of few days (v. 1), like a flower (v. 2), as a shadow (v. 2), etc. Physically, death is final. A tree may sprout again, but death for a person is the end (vv. 7–9). Humans have only one life to live (Heb. 9:27) so we must cast ourselves upon God’s mercy.

Job agrees with Eliphaz’s assessment that a person is born for trouble. That God has determined the length of a person’s life (see Psalms 90:10) emphasizes God’s sovereign power and wisdom. On the other hand, man by nature and from his birth is hopelessly fragile and impaired. His existence is temporal (vv. 1–2), his days are foreordained (14:3–5), and his life is without any apparent significance (v. 6). Even a tree has hope; when it is cut down its root system survives, and the tree begins to grow again (14:7–9). A person’s end, to the contrary, is final—there is no coming back (14:10–12).

The life of every living thing is in God’s hand (Job 12:10). He has numbered our days (Job 14:5) and set a limit beyond which we cannot go (Ps. 139:16). The truth about resurrection was not fully revealed in Old Testament days, but Job still rested his hope on God. God has revealed the blessed hope that His people have because of faith in Jesus Christ (John 11:25–26; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Tim. 1:9–10).

We should understand the transitory nature of human life. The wise person lives in view of what he knows to be true about God, the world, and himself. His approach to God is humble and self-effacing. We should never accuse God of any wrongdoing during our adversities. A wise man is able to patiently embrace and endure suffering, knowing that God’s loving hand will prevail beyond it. Also, the wise man knows that although we are to seek to live righteously, our righteousness cannot earn God’s favor: grace is a gift, not a debt.

Let us pray this prayer earnestly today and always:

"So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalms 90:12)

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