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 116:1-19. Verse 15, who among my friends and family, now dead after serving God well in their lifetime, shall I remember today with special love and gratitude?
Job 8:1-22. Implies Job is somehow to blame for his sufferings. Do I ever assume this, perhaps with a person homeless, addicted, impoverished, or abandoned? Does God approve?
I Timothy 2:1-15. Verses 1-4, how can I and my church better obey this injunction to pray for political leaders, both in the way Paul describes and for the goals he sets out?
Mark 12:41-44. Who do I know that donates to kingdom work in this sacrificial way? Dwelling on this story as if Jesus were speaking to me personally, am I newly convicted in any way?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.