Bible Friday 9/15: The Physician

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 51:1-19. What resonance does this psalm have with my experience of God's forgiveness and renewal? What opportunities can I now find to teach transgressors His ways (verse 13, KJV)?

Judges 15:1-20. Samson, though far from holy, is willing to be under God's hand and let God use him. What's the lesson for me as a citizen of both heaven and earth, facing the messiness of it all?

Colossians 1:1-18. Verses 9-13, shall I take a moment right now and personalize this prayer, rich with specifics, for a couple of individuals who are on my heart today?

Luke 5:27-32. Verse 31, is Jesus saying here some people don't need him, or some people foolishly think they don't? In  what ways besides bodily health is he my physician? Which of those ways applies most directly to me this day?

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