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 42:1-11. Verse 11 KJV, what circumstance am I downcast about? What worry am I disquieted about? What is God’s answer for these?
Zechariah 8:1-23. Verses 3, 16, 17, among the churches of my community, are truth and falsehood, good and evil, proclaimed boldly or timidly? If the latter, how can we be a magnet for seekers of God (verse 22)?
John 11:1-44. Lazarus dies and is resurrected. Verse 41, what have I been praying for, thus far with no result, about which I should thank God today regardless of appearances?
John 11:45-12:11. Death plot against both Jesus and Lazarus. Under what name or form does the demand to silence all God’s witnesses appear in our times? What are my church and I doing about it?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.