Bible Thursday 2/14: God's Plan

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 83. Verses 5-8, what are the main adversaries I face right now? Verses 9-11, what are some great victories God has won for me? Verses 16-18, am I now seeking victory for my own sake or his name’s sake?

Genesis 45:1-28. Verses 5-8, when has God showed me how he was able to use a bad time in my life for his good purposes? Present application?

Romans 3:1-8. Verse 2, the Jewish people as a vessel of God’s truth. In a time of rising Jew-hatred, what role should I and my church be playing?

Matthew 12:15-21. Verses 19 and 20, by this Christlike standard, what should I do—and not do—in living out my faith among non-believers?

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