Bible Friday 4/21: Trial by Fire

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 113:1-9. We serve a God who humbles himself for us, as the Psalmist knew even centuries before Christ came as a peasant baby (verse 6). How can I more fully humble myself today?

Song of Solomon 6:1-13. Today how shall I let Jesus intimately be, for me, both lovely as a garden and terrible (fearsome) as an army (verses 2-4)?

I Peter 1:1-12. When has my faith been tried by fire (verse 7)? What need did God see for doing so (verse 6)?  How did it turn out? What did I learn?

John 1:1-18. What has been my experience of being born anew as a child of God (verses 12-13)?  Does that birthday, or my material one, more honestly define my outlook and way of life?

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