Bible Wednesday 1/16: Unbearable

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 14:1-7. Do my church and other institutions I support teach this view of fallen humanity or the pop psychology that says people are basically good? Which actually offers more hope?

Genesis 16:1-16. The childless couple attempt to “help” God. When have I made or observed a similar blunder? What did I learn?

Romans 4:1-12. Verse 4, am I prey, at least sometimes, to assuming that “God owes me”? What evidences of grace actually prove I owe him (and others)? Today if I live like it, how would that look?

John 8:37-47. Entitlement fallacy, called out by Jesus. Verse 44, the devil at work: lies, lust, murder. How has he allured me with these? What is Christ’s antidote?

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