Bible Friday 11/16: Watchman

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 91:1-15. Verse 11, if God’s angels appeared to me right now, what would I ask them to do?

Isaiah 21:1-17. Verse 11, source of a famous hymn. Who holds the office of God’s watchman for my church and my community? Do the signs presage a darker night or the coming dawn?

II Thessalonians 2:1-12. Related question, how well prepared are my church, my family, and I for the spiritual warfare of these times?

Luke 14:25-35. Related again, in what way have I not fully counted the cost of following Jesus Christ? What changes do I need to make? First step?

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