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 42:1-11. Verses 5 and 11, what am I discouraged about, downcast in soul? Why would I reject the hope and encouragement God offers? Prayer point for today?
II Chronicles 8:1-18. Verse 11, blithely inviting disaster, Solomon tries to compartmentalize his heathen wife and his duty to God (see I Kings 11). When have I done something like this?
James 1:12-20. Verse 17, what are ten wonderful gifts from God I can thank him aloud for, right now? What's one more gift I'd pray him for? As in today's psalm, do I trust him for it?
Luke 13:1-9. More compartmentalizing: "They may have deserved that, but I never would." Oh no? How can I be a more truly repentant Christian today? More receptive to the vineyardman's cultivation?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.