• Sovereign over Our Steps

    Proverbs 16:9

    Human freedom and divine sovereignty exist in a complex, mysterious relationship. Though God ordains all of our choices—even choices that end up being thwarted because they do not match the results that He has ordained—we can never blame Him for ...Read More

  • Envying Evil Men

    Proverbs 24:1–2

    Seeing the wicked succeed can be discouraging, especially when we are suffering for the sake of righteousness. Yet what we should never do, today’s passage tells us, is envy the wicked and their success. The success of the wicked is ...Read More

  • God’s Word, Affliction, and Glory

    Psalm 119:73–80

    Fear of the divine without knowledge of divine truth is superstition, for superstitious people have some kind of “fear” or “anxiety” regarding divine forces. Knowledge of divine truth without fear of the divine is dead orthodoxy, knowledge about God without ...Read More

  • The Word of God and Affliction

    Psalm 119:65–72

    The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s discipline may seem painful at the moment, but the lasting harvest of righteousness that it creates is well worth all the trouble we must endure (Heb. 12:3–11). Not all of the pain ...Read More

  • Keeping Our Vows

    Numbers 30:2

    God calls us to keep our word, so we should do whatever we can to set up guardrails to help us fulfill that call. In addition to not making frivolous oaths, we must seek the help of the Lord Himself, ...Read More

  • Unlawful Oaths and Vows

    Exodus 20:7

    Friends and even family may exert great pressure on us to join with them in their sin. They may appeal to our loyalties and try to guilt us into covering up a misdeed that should be reported or beg us ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Oaths

    Genesis 15

    Christians are to be so trustworthy that no one would need to demand an oath of us in ordinary circumstances in order to be sure that we will keep our word. In the context of making a solemn covenant, however, ...Read More

  • Oaths and Idolatry

    Deuteronomy 6:13

    The principle that we are not to make oaths in the name of anyone but God alone is a powerful reminder of the sanctity of God’s name. When we use the Lord’s name in vain, we are attributing to someone ...Read More

  • The Promises of the Tongue

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Our Creator is concerned foremost with the intentions of our hearts, and He is not fooled when we make a promise in a way that might give us an “out” if we do not keep it. Thus, we must search ...Read More

  • Measured Speech

    Ecclesiastes 5:1–3

    When we come into the Lord’s presence, it is particularly important for us to be purposeful about what we say and how we listen. We should come to corporate worship expecting a word from God, namely, the faithful exposition of ...Read More

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