Bible Monday 9/11: Place of Dragons

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 44:1-26. The anguish here invites us to cry, "God, where are you?" when disasters like Harvey and Irma or atrocities like 9/11 overtake us. Is there a tragic toughness to my faith?

Judges 11:1-40. Verses 9 and 30, Jephthah makes two "if-then" bargains, one beneficial and the other horrific. Do I relate with God and other people more by dealmaking or by simple integrity?

Philippians 3:12-21. Verses 13-15, if even Paul, so advanced in ministry, didn't claim to have arrived spiritually, how much less me? Today what can I leave behind & what can I reach for?

Luke 5:1-11. Verse 10, if Jesus' call to become fishers of men applies to all of us, not just the Twelve, what's my current grade from A to F in that "class"? Action point for this month?

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