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 35:1-28. When have I been falsely accused (verse 11), mocked (16), or lied about (20)? How did God show up? How does this help me identify with Jesus on trial and on the cross?
Jeremiah 47:1-7. How does this violent, unsparing prophecy fit with the God of love we meet in Jesus? Verse 6, how is the sword of the Lord unsheathed in our own times?
I Corinthians 1:10-17. Verse 17 KJV, in what way am I prone to undervalue the cross by overvaluing wisdom of words (cleverness, eloquence, intellect)? Antidote?
Matthew 19:23-30. Verse 29, what have I had to forsake to follow Jesus? What have I gained in return, besides eternal life? Am I really a hundred times better off?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.