Bible Friday 2/8: Adversity

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 69:1-36. Verse 9, what kind of zeal pleases God? What kind of zeal doesn’t? What is this asking of me today?

Genesis 39:1-23. Joseph falsely imprisoned. When have I suffered an injustice? How did God show up?

Hebrews 10:19-39. Verses 23-25, what benefits do I get (and give) by meeting regularly with other Christians? How would I answer someone who says they can “have church” alone at home?

Matthew 11:1-6. John falsely imprisoned. When has adversity tempted me to doubt Jesus? What did I learn? Present application?

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