Bible Wednesday 9/6: Gideon

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 38:1-22. Verse 22, is there something about which I feel impatient with God, wishing he would hurry up? Shall I take this as permission to tell him so, to importune him?

Judges 6:1-40. When have I seen a family split as Gideon's was over who God is and how to serve him? How did it turn out? What did I learn?

Philippians 1:12-18. What experience have I of rejoicing in adversity for Christ's sake, as Paul does here? How attentive am I to the persecuted church here and now? Prayer point?

Luke 4:1-13. Do I take Satan, the tempter, very seriously or not very seriously or so-so? If I need to repel him today with Scripture as Jesus did, what verse will I use?

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