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 82:1-8. Verse 3 KJV, what more can I and my church do to show we love the poor, the fatherless, the afflicted, and the needy as much as God does?
II Samuel 5:1-23. Verses 20-22, David and Michal differ as to how a king should honor the Lord. How does a false concern for image or self-importance hinder my Christian witness?
Luke 1:5-25. Verses 13 and 18, when have I pushed back at God over answered prayer, rather than just rejoicing and obeying?
Luke 1:57-80. John's father regains his voice, and in a big way. When has a season of suffering and loss brought me closer to God and equipped me to serve better? Application?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.