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 55:1-23. Verse 22, what burden do I most long to cast upon God right now? How does false responsibility tempt me to keep carrying it? What actual responsibility do I retain?
I Kings 15:1-34. Verse 13, when have I seen a family or marriage set at odds over obeying or disobeying God. Is this a mistake?
Acts 25:13-27. Safeguards of Roman justice for Paul. Is there such a thing as natural law or inherent moral instinct? How does this square with fallen man's depravity (Romans 3)?
Mark 7:24-30. How does my stance in seeking healing or blessing from Jesus fall short of the unreserved, unselfed stance of this desperate non-Jewish mother?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.