Bible Saturday 1/26: Authority

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 42:1-11. Verses 1, 2, and 9. How thirsty am I for God’s truth and goodness? Will I drink deep of him today, or just sip? (Ad fontes, Latin for “water springs” in verse 1, is a famous call for Christian revival.)

Genesis 26:1-35. Verse 12, Isaac’s hundredfold harvest. What’s the biggest return on investment, material or spiritual, I’ve ever had? Was God in it? What decision this year would bring me the biggest ROI later on?

Hebrews 12:25-13:6. Verse 26-28, honestly assessing my time and my values, are they well ordered as between what can and cannot be shaken? Action point?

Matthew 8:5-13. Verse 10, why might Jesus’ authority be more readily understood by an unchurched army veteran than by my Bible study group?

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