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 68:1-35. Verses 5 and 6, who do I know that is widowed or fatherless or without family, that I could somehow bless today in God's name?
Jeremiah 27:1-22. Verses 12-15, Jeremiah says God commands submission to tyranny and conquest. When have my prayers received an answer that seems backwards, illogical?
Romans 9:14-26. Related points. Verse 17, God uses Pharaoh. What's a modern analogy? Verse 20, arguing with God. When have I attempted this? What did I learn? Current application?
Matthew 13:44-52. Verse 46, what is the price of that one precious pearl? How much have I paid so far? How much more must I pay? Am I sure it's worth all that?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.