Bible Thursday 9/6: Riches

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 37:1-40. Verse 8, in what way am I susceptible to anger or its cousins - annoyance, irritation, pique, resentment, grudge? Why does God condemn these? What's his antidote?

Job 13:1-28. Verse 4 KJV, with a friend in crisis, what determines if I'm a physician of value or not? Verse 15, could I say this about God? Is this magnificent faith or slavish submission?

I Timothy 6:3-21. Verses 10 and 17-19, do I own my money or does it own me? How can I more truly use my worldly possessions for heavenly purposes? What excuses am I making?

Mark 14:12-21. What case, other than conscious malice, can be made for Judas' betrayal of Jesus? When have I been down a slippery slope with blurry motives leading to raw sin?

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