Bible Thursday 8/31: Whom to Serve

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 18:1-50. Verses 6-19 are a vivid illustration of answered prayer: "I call, God hears. God hears, I'm safe." Picturing each verse as a movie scene, can I doubt his care for me?

Joshua 24:1-33. Same question again. Reading in full context the oft-quoted line from verse 15, "as for me and my house," can I hesitate at all in choosing to serve the Lord, not some idol?

Acts 27:13-26. And yet again. Doesn't Paul's calm trust in God at the darkest hour strengthen my own trust? Shall I identify today as he did with God in Christ, "whose I am and whom I serve"?

Mark 15:33-41. Verses 40-41, were Jesus' women followers more brave at the cross than his men followers? What can I learn from this? Who's the most godly woman I know? Prayer point?

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