Bible Thursday 1/19: Taker or Giver?

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 37:1-40. With the people who know me best, am I seen more as a taker or as a giver (verse 21)? What can I do today to tip the balance more toward merciful giving?

Genesis 19:1-38. In what way am I sometimes tempted to disobey God with a backward glance (verses 17, 26)? Why would he forbid that with such a stern punishment?

Hebrews 10:5-18. How is the trinitarian picture of victory and majesty in verses 12-15 of practical benefit to me today, on this very day of my life? 

Matthew 6:19-24. How fully would Jesus approve of where my treasure is and what master I serve, if I had to give him an accounting right now.