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 26:1-12. Verse 2 KJV, asking God to examine me, prove me, try me regarding 2018, how can I reliably know what his verdict and instructions are? So it’s not just an echo chamber in my own head?
Isaiah 63:1-19. Verses 7-9, further in winding up 2018, what have been God’s “greatest hits” of blessing and rescue in my life & the lives of loved ones? How can I thank him?
Jeremiah 31:10-17. What experience do I have of God’s promise here, his power to bring comfort and renewal out of tragedy, injustice, and loss?
Matthew 2:1-23. With the Incarnation come further miracles, including the guiding star and three angelic dream-messages. Entering the new year, how can I better “tune in” to such communications from God?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.