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 23:1-6. In what way do I most need the shepherding hand of God upon me right now? To be one of his sheep, what’s required of me?
Numbers 27:1-23. Verse 17, God’s ministers in the role of shepherds. Who has been exemplary at this in my experience? Who has not? Around us now, where do we see His “sheep” uncared-for?
Acts 16:25-40. Paul evangelizes his jailer. What opportunity will I have to tell someone about Jesus before this summer is over?
Mark 13:32-37. What qualities and practices go into the kind of watchfulness Jesus expects of me? What is the reward of doing it? What is the risk if I neglect it?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.