Bible Sunday 7/29: Incredible

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 2:1-12. Verse 3 KJV, what bands and cords (restraints) from God does the worldly mind wish to be rid of? How does this operate on me? What's the antidote?

I Kings 16:1-34. Verses 13, 25, and 30, worsening evils of king after king. Under God, is there a "moral arc" or "right side of history"? Why did Israelite governance sink so low? Application?

Acts 26:1-11. Verse 8, what would move me to say God cannot or would not do some good thing? Are there ways in which my God is too small? (Title of a great book by JB Phillips)

Mark 7:31-37. Even if my ordinary faculties of hearing and speech are fine, what improvement of spiritual comprehension and expression can I ask from Jesus today?

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