Bible Wednesday 11/29: Such a Time

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 119:145-176. Verse 176, what sheeplike qualities to admire, and qualities not to admire, can I recognize in myself? Action point for today?

Esther 4:1-17. Verse 14, "for such a time as this," is often quoted among Christians. When have I experienced, or when might I, God making me rise to the occasion despite doubts and fears?

Revelation 8:1-13. Verses 3-4, why do the prayers of the saints matter amid the horrific events seen here? Do I and my church take our prayers as seriously as this passage calls for?

Luke 20:1-8. Verse 2, what is the ultimate authority that I recognize as a Christian? Why do I do so? How does this impact me day by day?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.