Sunday 9/4: What's the Sabbath For, Anyway?

Psalm 103:1-22. What aspects of my sin nature, stubbornly hanging on, can I renounce today as having been infinitely far removed from me by God's mercy and forgiveness (verses 11-12)?

Job 11:1-20. Commentators say Zophar voices harsh religious legalism, heartless toward a fallen world. What individuals or behaviors bring out the Zophar in me? How can I do better today?

Ephesians 1:1-14. Am I humbly mindful of only being God's child by adoption, not birthright? Who in my circle of friends may be ready to hear that same offer of adoption?

Luke 6:1-11. How can I put more Sabbath rest, Sabbath reverence, Sabbath grace into my life on this very Sunday -- and every day?

These 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?