Bible Thursday 5/11: Prosperity Or?


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 59:1-17. Verses 6 and 14 liken the wicked to noisy dogs, powerless to oppose God or harm his people. What "barking" may assail me today, to which I should  no heed?

Exodus 18:1-27. When has the part of Jethro, giving practical wisdom to help another succeed, been played by a friend for me, or by me for a friend? How did God use that?

I Corinthians 11:1-16. In applying a passage like this, how do I sort out cultural customs and advice from God's absolute commands? Where do I turn for help in doing so? 

John 6:22-29. Am I more than a fire insurance Christian? Am I beyond the prosperity gospel? Do my spiritual priorities need a closer look?

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