Bible Monday 1/23: God's Orchard

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 52:1-9. How is my relationship with God like that of a tree with the earth (verse 8)? How can I live this out all day today?

Genesis 23:1-20. How is God, unmentioned in the story, present here?  What qualities of character are seen here in Abraham? How does it compare to the role models on TV today? 

Hebrews 10:19-31. How do verses 23-25 refute the Christian who claims not to need the church? What more could my church be doing to exemplify those verses? 

Matthew 7:13-20. More about the trees of the Lord: When in my life did I bear few fruits, or bad ones? What changed me?  By what husbandry can I become much more fruitful this year than last?