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.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A ‘PRUDENT’ WIFE is a ‘PRICELESS’ GIFT from GOD

A ‘PRUDENT’ WIFE is a ‘PRICELESS’ GIFT from GOD

July 5 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 19-21

"Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord." (Prov. 19:14)

In the above verse, King Solomon is contrasting between men's gifts and God's gifts. Even though God is the author of both blessings, but He rightly confers a life partner by His special providence. In his personal life, Solomon had inherited great riches from his father David and had married 700 wives (1 Kings 11:3), but after all his experience he could declare that a discreet and virtuous wife was more valuable than houses and riches.

We can inherit real estate and money from our fathers, but only God can provide a prudent wife. She is a special gift of God. We are reminded of how God created Eve from Adam’s rib, and then gifted her to Adam (Gen. 2:21-22). This also reminds us of Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage, of which it is said, “the thing comes from the Lord” (Gen. 24:14, 50). That was a marriage that was arranged in heaven!

“Houses and riches”may come to man by matter of course as an ancestral inheritance. However, a “prudent wife” comes not by matter of chance or descent but directly from God. The word “prudent” describes not only her wise governing of the household (31:27) but also hergodly wisdom (8:12) which makes her a joy and strength to her husband (31:11, 23, 28).A prudent wife is a woman who demonstrates wisdom or skill. A discerning skillful wife is absolutely necessary to erect a godly home. She is not acquired, however, as are other possessions, which may be worked for or inherited. So, she is always to be treasured as a gift from God Himself!

What we can infer from this passage is that a wise, discerning and prudent wife is a priceless gift from God just as children (Psalms 127:3) or, every other good and perfect gift (James 1:17). This proverb does not imply that the Lord is not ultimately in control of the inheritance of wealth. It emphasizes rather that the outcome of one’s choice of wife is not so easy to predict or control. A happy blessed married lifewith a prudent and discerning wife is indeed a cause to thank God every day for His manifold blessing and favor towards us!

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." (Prov. 18:22)

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