Bible Friday 2/1: Wrestling

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 40:1-17. Verses 7 and 8, The Message reads, “I read in your letter what you wrote about me, and I’m coming to the party you’re throwing for me.” How can this change my day?

Genesis 32:1-32. When have I wrestled with God? What did I learn? Present application?

Hebrews 7:11-28. If I accept Jesus not only as my Savior and Lord, but also as my priest and intercessor, how does my life become different?

Matthew 9:18-26. Interrupted going to a deathbed, Jesus heals a desperate woman. Mocked, he raises a child to life. As his follower, how can I become more interruptible? Less daunted by disapproval?

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