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, September 27, 2015

It is ‘USELESS’ to put our TRUST in PEOPLE

It is ‘USELESS’ to put our TRUST in PEOPLE

September 27 Bible Reading: Micah Chapters 4-7

"Do not trust in a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom. For son dishonors father, daughter rises against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own household. Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah 7:5-7)

Micah must have felt quite lonely as he faced the proud, powerful people of Jerusalem. He must have felt miserable as he searched in vain for the godly…only to discover that he couldn’t find even one godly person! Like Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:10), he probably felt as if he was the last faithful believer on the earth (see similar sentiments expressed in Psalms 12:1; Isaiah 57:1).

Sin had unraveled the very fabric of the Judean society so that even family members could not be trusted. In fact, when family ties could no longer guarantee love, concern, and devotion, then the social order had been totally distorted by sin. Even one’s spouse could not be trusted (v. 5), and the most vicious enemies were own family members! Wherever Micah turned, he seemed to find people who were bloodthirsty, corrupted, treacherous, and deceitful.

During those days, sin was so rampant throughout the land that it affected, distorted, and perverted every human relationship. A friend could not be trusted; a guide could not be confided upon and intimate communication could not be entrusted to one’s most intimate relationships. In short, chaos reigned throughout the land, destroying every interpersonal relationship. It was a repeat of the days of the judges when everyone did that which was right in their own eyes (see Judges 21:25).

In the darkness of Judah’s sin Micah’s faithfulness shone all the more brightly as he expressed his confidence in Jehovah God who alone remained faithful against the backdrop of such infidelity in every human relationship. In spite of the dark outlook around him, Micah would look unto Jehovah and patiently wait for his salvation, confident that God will hear his prayers even though the kings, judges, and influential people of the land refused to do so.

Micah had given up on the people of Judah, but he could still “watch in hope for the Lord” because he knew God would answer his prayers! Faced with such a world, prophet Micah found reassurance in the fact that God remains in control and takes care of His faithful children, no matter what others may be up to (v. 7). This truth can be a great hope for us today, especially when we find ourselves in the minority, or even all alone among people who do not know or honor Jehovah God.

Perhaps like Micah, we may sometimes feel that we have no one to turn to with our stresses and struggles. It is not just a matter of having someone to understand, but of finding someone we can trust. When people fail us, let us remember that our God is always faithful and He alone can be trusted. Just like prophet Micah, let us also make the same three decisions: “I will look, I will wait, I will pray” (v. 7) as we turn to God for help. It is useless to put our trust in people, but we can always put our trust in God alone!

"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." (Psalms 118:8-9) 

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