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 8:1-9. How does this hymn of man and nature show the excellence of God’s name? What about all the evidence to the contrary, starting with the person I see in the mirror?
Jeremiah 25:1-38. Verse 10, six everyday things, sources of human pleasure that God can either give us or take away. What small earthly delights, hints of heaven, can I notice around me today?
Romans 8:31-39. Of all the difficulties and adversaries Paul mentions here, which seems strongest right now to separate me from the love of Christ? How shall I come against it today?
Matthew 13:31-35. How is God’s leaven or yeast working in me so far this year? And in my church? How am I, and how is my church, producing a yeast effect in our surroundings?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.