Bible Thursday 3/15: Strive

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 73:1-28. Verse 17, how does going into the sanctuary of God help me make sense of a world where the godly people suffer and the wicked people prosper?

Jeremiah 43:1-13. Verse 2, when have I mistakenly ignored good advice, or even a divine warning, to my sorrow? What did I learn? What's my safeguard for next time?

Romans 15:22-33. Verses 30-32 KJV, Paul asks them to strive with him in prayer and spells out what to pray for. How can I make my prayers more specific, and strive harder in the Spirit?

Matthew 19:1-9. How well pleased is Jesus with my church's teaching on marriage and divorce, and our pastoral care of all involved? What should we be doing better?

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