Bible Saturday 9/9: Authority

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 30:1-12. Verses 5 and 11, when has God brought me through this turn, weeping to joy, mourning to dancing? What did I learn? Whose sorrow can I help console today?

Judges 9:1-57. What modern parallel to this have we seen, a wayward son or daughter debasing their parent's greatness?  How shall I pray for my own family to heal the past and guard the future?

Philippians 2:19-30. What qualities seen here in Paul's loyal wingmen, Timothy and Epaphroditus, shall I ask God to develop more fully in me? Action point for today?

Luke 4:31-37. Verse 34 shows Satan takes Jesus more seriously than many human beings do. What is there in me that tends not to take either Jesus or Satan seriously enough?

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