Bible Saturday 8/25: Blessed Be

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 104:1-35. Verses 14, 15,  and 23. How can I better thank God for my daily food and my daily work? How can I more fully consecrate these to him?

II Kings 21:1-26. Verse 13 KJV, wicked Jerusalem wiped like a dish. What sorrows await America and other nations once devoted to God, now defying him? Are they already emerging?

Job 1:13-22. Verse 21, source of the familiar praise song, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." When has adversity forced me to this point? If life is this way, what good is it anyhow?

Mark 12:1-12. The vineyard tenants, grasping and defiant, personify ingratitude. Where is there any ingratitude toward God in me, that I need to root out?

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