Bible Saturday 8/26: Up to Us

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 144:1-15. Verse 15, if this is not just a benefit we feel smug about, but an offer we accept or reject, what am I to make of America's situation at present? What am I doing about it?

Joshua 19:1-51. Joshua casting lots to allocate each tribe's lands may remind us of Einstein's remark, "God doesn't play dice." When have I sensed his purpose in something random?

Acts 24:22 - 25:6. When have I trembled, or seen someone do so, at facing God's last judgment? Do I take this seriously enough? Does my church? Action point?

Mark 14:66-72. When have I flinched from identifying with Jesus? Did it convict me as it did Peter, or did I slide by it? In what form might my next test come? Am I ready?

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