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, July 29, 2015

The ‘BEAUTY of NATURE’ points to the ‘CREATOR GOD’

The ‘BEAUTY of NATURE’ points to the ‘CREATOR GOD’

July 29 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 40-42

"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it." (Isaiah 41:19-20)

For the first time in the Book of Isaiah God referred to the nation Israel (the “descendants of Abraham”) as His “servant” (41:8-9). In the new act of redemption, the Creator of heaven and earth (40:26; 42:5; 45:12, 18) will renew everything for the sake of His people. In these passages, God promised Israel final victory over her two greatest foes throughout history: other nations (41:11–16) and the forces of nature in her own land (41:17–20).

The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful picture of God’s provision of water to abundantly supply the needs of His people. God promises them rivers, fountains, and springs of water. The abundant water supply would lead to the God’s planting of trees and vegetation (35:1, 2) in the wilderness: the cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, fir, pine, and boxwood. These seven trees, all common to Syria and Israel, symbolize the perfection of God’s work on behalf of His people!

When we apply this passage to our time and place, we can visualize the handiwork of God in His creation, specifically the nature around us. The earth, which is the pinnacle of God’s creation, is filled with signs that points to the Creator God. Isaiah 41:19 describes the creative handiwork of God. The wonders of individual plants are part of God’s hand print as described in different passages of Scripture. In other places, we see the beauty and wonder of the rose (Isaiah 35:1), the lily (Matt. 6:28), and even a tiny plant that provided temporary shade for Jonah (Jonah 4:6).

God has colored nature with an unprecedented and unmatched display of beauty. They all scream to us silently about the greatness of God who has created them all on the third day (Gen. 1:11-13) by His spoken Word. Can we open our eyes to the beauty of nature today that is so evident around us and praise God Almighty for His creative wonders and His artistic masterpiece!

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world." (Psalms 19:1-4)

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