Bible Tuesday 7/3: Fasting

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 123:1-4. Based on where my eyes tend to look, my focus of attention, what three things most distract me from God? What three things most draw me to God? Action point?

II Samuel 14:1-33. David, Joab, and Absalom in a triangle of manipulation. What is the worst breach or quarrel my family has ever experienced? How did God show up? What did I learn?

Acts 16:1-15.  Verse 3, Paul subjects Timothy to circumcision, contrary to his stand in chapter 15. Serving a holy God in a fallen world, do I tend to be too rigid or too permissive?

Mark 2:18-22. How important is fasting in my relationship with Jesus the Bridegroom? What else besides food might I fast from? Action point?

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