Here are some of the questions I asked myself in studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide. Where is your self-examination leading today?
Psalm 143:1-12. For what act, word, or thought of mine in recent days do I most need God's grace and mercy instead of his righteous judgment (verse 2)?
Ezra 4:1-24. What's the worst lie currently told and believed about the people of God in my community? What's our best course of action, besides prayer, to withstand and disprove that lie?
Haggai 2:1-14. Thinking on verses 6-7, as they are cited in Hebrews 12:26-29 and sung in Handel's "Messiah," how can I more consciously dwell in the unshakable kingdom starting today?
Luke 11:37-44. What pharisaical attitudes do I unknowingly entertain? Do I sometimes come across as a glib, smug phony?
By the way, if you decide to join me in studying regularly from the St. James guide, be aware the editor, Patrick Reardon, has helpful comments online for one or more of each day's selections.