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 128 and 129. As two contrasting life stories, the first is more appealing to me, but the second is more descriptive of Jesus. Do I need to reset my scale of values?
Proverbs 5:1-23. Verse 21, God’s watchful eye. What did he see me doing or thinking yesterday that grieved him? How can I do better today?
Romans 10:1-13. Verse 9, how to be saved. Reading my Bible on a plane, I’m asked by my seat mate what I was saved from and what I was saved for. What’s my answer?
Matthew 14:1-12. Debauchery, tyranny, butchery. How much less barbaric is our own world today? Verse 4, what are God’s people intimidated from voicing now? Verse 12, what must Jesus have thought?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.