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 127:1-5. Verse 1, what big concern in my life should I be inviting God into, more than I am? Verse 5, taken by some Christian parents as a call to have large families. Where does my church stand on this?
Jeremiah 48:1-47. If this accurately portrays one aspect of God's justice, does he still show such anger and punishment today? Against who or what? Could he ever be this angry at me?
I Corinthians 1:18-31. I claim to love the cross, but by what little evasions does my ego hold out against God's foolishness? What part of my lifestyle is the least submitted to the cross?
Matthew 20:1-16. Whom do I know, or know of, individuals or groups, that Jesus may have meant when he said the last shall be first? Is he pleased with how I treat them?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.