Bible Thursday 7/6: Key Parable

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 131:1-3. How would God have me specifically apply the precept of not exercising myself in matters too high for me (verse 1, KJV)?  In what way do I need quieting (verse 2)?

Numbers 4:1-49. Though we as Christians don't sanctify material objects to be reverently handled, as in this chapter, are we under a similar caution spiritually? Am I attuned to this?

Acts 10:9-23. When have I been, or am I now, in a disagreement with God as Peter was in verses 13-15? What was or is at stake in yielding my will to his? Prayer point?

Mark 4:13-20. Verse 19, what worldly worries, goods, or desires may try to crowd God's word out of my heart and mind this very day? How shall I counteract that?

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