Bible Wednesday 5/3: Darkness

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 119:25-48. Why am I convinced that God’s plan for mankind is liberating, not confining (verse 45)? How can Christians do better in convincing our fellow citizens of this? Compare John 8:32.

Exodus 10:1-29. In repeatedly hardening Pharaoh’s heart, what does God show us of his character and of our fallen condition? How am I sometimes like Pharaoh? Action point for prayer today?

Revelation 16:1-11. Same riddle: why do some of these individuals remain blasphemous and unrepentant even amid torment? Any application to me? (Nah)

Mark 15:25-39. What is the worst spiritual darkness I ever experienced (verse 33)? How did God get me through it? What did I learn?

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