Bible Wednesday 11/14: Back Seat

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 119:97-120. Verse 105, what light upon my path do I most need from God today? How can I receive that light from his word, the Bible?

Isaiah 19:1-25. Verse 25, couldn’t God speak blessing in exactly this way over America, Russia, and China? Do I believe he’s sovereign over the nations? What am I afraid he can’t do?

Philemon 1-25. Verse 9 KJV, am I a prisoner of Jesus as was “Paul the aged”? Can I trust him with all the impacts of my getting older? What am I afraid he can’t do?

Luke 14:7-14. Clever advice for social occasions, but what is Jesus teaching here about his own redemptive approach to fallen humanity? How can I spiritually apply this on Thanksgiving?

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