Bible Thursday 4/26: Puffed Up

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 50:1-23. Verse 3, what form do God's roar and fire and tempest take in my life right now? Do I recognize them as his or attribute them to the enemy? What do they require of me?

Ezekiel 26:1-21. Verse 2, Tyre mocks Jerusalem. Does God take sides between nations?  How can I serve him better today by reflecting on this war curse from 2500 years ago?

I Corinthians 8:1-13. Verses 1-2, in all my encounters with people today, can I accomplish at least three when the other is left thinking, not "How smart he is," but "How kind he is"?

John 7:1-9. What are the spiritual qualities that help me align my sense of timing with God's timing? What worldly qualities in me obstruct that? Action point?

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