Bible Monday 5/15: Hard Choice

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 56:1-13. When have I wandered, and God knew every step? When have I wept, and God felt every tear (verse 8, KJV)? How did his rescue come (verse 13)? What rescue do I need now?

Exodus 22:1-31. Amidst all these offenses now seldom occurring, these penalties now deemed excessive, verses 21-22 command a universal rule of kindness. Who needs that from me today?

I Corinthians 3:1-23. In what way do I and my church need to replace the worldly factionalism of verses 4-6 with the Christlike unity of verses 21-23? Action point for today?

John 6:60-71. Have I ever come to the hard choice of stay with Jesus or quit (verses 66-69)? If not, have I played it too safe? Might these wicked times soon force me to such a choice?

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