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 105:1-45. Verse 7 KJV, his judgments in all the earth. Where does it appear, in my immediate experience or the wider world, that God is not in charge? How does he want me to respond?
I Chronicles 8:1-40. Genealogy of Jacob’s last son, Benjamin. In my birth family, who has been more of a blessing and less of a blessing to me? In my adoptive family of Christ, who is especially dear to me? Prayer point?
II Corinthians 9:1-15. Verse 7, God loves a cheerful giver. By what specific action can I live into this today?
Luke 9:10-17. Verse 11, how does the feeding of the 5000 show us the kingdom of God? Verses 12 and 13, apropos cheerful giving, do I have the disciples’ perspective of fear and lack, or Jesus’ perspective of abundance?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.