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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

God WILL use US to MEET the NEEDS of other PEOPLE

God WILL use US to MEET the NEEDS of other PEOPLE

March 19 Bible Reading: Ruth Chapters 1-4

"There was a relative of Naomi's husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, 'Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.' And she said to her, 'Go, my daughter.' Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech." (Ruth 2:1-3)

This story is primarily built around a beautiful Moabitess by the name of Ruth, who had married a Jewish man called Mahlon (4:10) when their family had immigrated to the land of Moab as a result of a severe famine in the land of Israel (1: 1-4). During their ten years’ stay in Moab, the father Elimelech along with his two sons Mahlon and Chilion passed away and left three widows alive in the family. By now, the mother-in-law Naomi had enough of Moab, and decided to move back to her hometown Bethlehem as she had heard that the famine was over there (1:6). At that time, she gave an option to her daughter-in-laws to return back to their parent’s homes so that they can seek out other husbands from Moab itself (1:7-9).

This was the point when Ruth chose to remain with her mother-in-law and adopt the Israelites as her own people and Jehovah God as her own God (1:16-17). This momentous decision would have long lasting impact in her future, and would propel her into the lineage and ancestry of King David as well as our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:5) after she would marry a man called Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband Elimelech. The interesting part of this story is how God used Boaz to meet the needs of these two destitute widows Ruth and Naomi:
  • God initially put a desire in Ruth’s heart to go to the field of Boaz, and glean the grains after the reapers in his field. God actually orchestrated this move, which is so aptly described in the following words: “And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz…” (2:3).
  • When Boaz initially saw her gleaning in his field, he inquired about her from his servant who was in charge of the reapers (2:5). He then came to know about her real situation, and how desperate she was for food provisions for herself and Naomi (2:6-7).
  • Boaz also saw her need for security and protection, and told her that she need not go to any other field from that time (2:8). In fact, she could stay close to the other young women, and drink the water from their vessels as well (2:9)
  • Boaz further warned his harvesters to leave her alone and that no one should even touch her (2:9).  
  • Thereafter, Boaz addressed Ruth’s emotional needs by speaking to her words of comfort (2:11-12)
  • Boaz further supplied Ruth with extra food, and instructed his reapers to let the grain fall down purposely for her to gather (2:15-16).
  • When Ruth reached out to Boaz to take her under his refuge, he agreed without any hesitation fully aware that she was a widow from a foreign descent (3:9-11).
  • Finally, Boaz redeemed Ruth from the other closer relative by doing everything that was needed as part of the Levitical law (4:1-10).
Like Boaz, God will use us today to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of other people who need a little help along the way as they travel this journey of life. We will truly fulfill God’s plan when we notice, as well as, be willing to bear the burdens of others around us.

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world" (James 1:27). "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2).  

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