Bible Saturday 1/21: Before Abraham Was

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 30:1-12. At a time in our country when some are downcast and some are overjoyed, based on politics, have I the spiritual perspective to remember God alone gives true joy (verses 5, 11)?

Genesis 21:1-34. Again thinking of today's divided America, what lesson can I take from God's loving -- though differing -- treatment of Sarah and Hagar?

Galatians 4:21-31. Further on the same point, what hope and what warning for our land can I take from knowing that "Jerusalem above is the mother of us all" (verse 26)?

John 8:48-59. How would others around me notice if I thought less of honoring myself and more of honoring God & receiving his honor in return (verses 49, 54)?