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 9:1-20. Verses 14, 17, 20 KJV. Warning to the nations. How am I tempted to think our country's security is less in obeying God and more patriotic or military? Antidote?
I Samuel 9:1-27. Verse 16, angry with the people a chapter ago, God now plans their deliverance. When has God shown me more patience and kindness than I deserved? Present application?
Ephesians 6:10-24. Verses 13-17, itemizing the armor we are to put on, which ones are my strongest? Which need more of my attention? When has the armor notably protected me?
John 12:12-19. How different was the excitement over Jesus from the long-ago excitement over Saul? How do I, my family, my friends, and my church tend to forget God is our only king?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.