• Father and Son Reunited

    Genesis 46:28–30

    Think today about a relative or friend whom you have not seen for many years. Is the relationship in disrepair? Take time to contact that person and restore the relationship if possible. If there is unrepentant sin, take time to ...Read More

  • Focus on the Facts

    Romans 6:11

    Our enemy the deceiver does not want us to know ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God. He wants to persuade us to believe we are still under sin’s power and need to earn God’s favor. Thus, ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Power

    Isaiah 63:7-14

    In our day there is much talk of the power of the Spirit, and people want to see this power displayed “dramatically” in physical healings and other such phenomena. While we certainly confess the Spirit’s freedom and ability to bring ...Read More

  • The Spirit’s Internal Witness

    Romans 8:16-17

    More than once we have referred to the reality of the “already/not yet” situation in which Christians find themselves. Already we are children of God and heirs, but our possession of the full inheritance is not yet. Our present possession ...Read More

  • The Study of God

    Psalm 145:3

    The study of God’s attributes should by no means make us arrogant. In learning about His character, we make real progress only as we see more and more how great He is and how small we are in comparison. If ...Read More

  • The Table of Nations

    Genesis 10:1–32

    Even though God’s blessing rests upon Shem’s line, the separation of humanity into different peoples and cultures as judgment for sin (Gen. 11:1–9) serves His purposes. The Lord is the One who allows any society to flourish, and we can ...Read More

  • Building Wealth for God’s Glory

    Romans 7:4

    Pursuing increased productivity and wealth can be motivated by selfishness, but it does not have to be. We who know the Lord and want to serve Him and others can do much more for the kingdom if we increase our ...Read More

  • The Trials of Job

    Job 1

    In stating that the Lord gave and the Lord took away, Job did not “charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). Job did not accuse the Lord of issuing a direct assault on his family, nor did he claim that God ...Read More

  • The True Firstborn of Israel

    Colossians 1:18

    Matthew Henry explains in his commentary on today’s passage that Christ “has given us evidence of our resurrection from the dead.” We are confident that we have a share in the full blessings of the age to come because the ...Read More