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 126:1-6. Verses 5 and 6, when have I experienced God’s faithfulness in this way? Present application?
Ezra 6:1-22. King Darius vindicates the temple-builders. What governmental protection do God’s people need in the here and now? How can I do my part?
Haggai 1:1-15. Verse 6, when has my scale of values, my sense of what matters and what lasts in God’s economy, been way off? How did it turn out? Present application?
Luke 6:43-49. Related idea. Looking at my whole way of life and the world around me, what is built on rock and what’s not? Action point?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.