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?
Psalms 119:145-176. Verse 174, what is delightful about the way God has ordered the world and placed me in it? How shall I keep that delight uppermost as I go through this day?
Ezra 7:1-28. Verses 6 and 9 KJV, God’s hand upon Ezra. When have I felt the direct impulsion and protection of God over me in a challenging time? Application for today?
Haggai 2:1-14. Verses 6 and 7, dramatically quoted in Handel’s “Messiah.” If this shaking came right now, what would I lose? What would I keep or gain? Am I ready?
Luke 7:1-10. What made this Roman commander so humble and deferential before the Nazarene carpenter. In Jesus’ eyes, how does my faith measure up with the centurion’s?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.