• Abraham’s Perseverance

    Hebrews 6:13–15

    One of the hardest things we have to endure in life is waiting for God to fulfill His promises to us. Though He seems to tarry long at times, we should not let this make us think that He will ...Read More

  • Abraham’s Sister

    Genesis 20:1–2a

    God likely “tolerated” Abraham’s marriage to his half-sister because it was not the grave offense it would have been if he could read the law of Moses (Rom. 5:13). As we will see in due time, this is ...Read More

  • Abraham Took Ishmael

    Genesis 17:22–27

    Today the church often uses marketing strategies to maximize numerical growth and tailors ministry in order to reach one specific age group or walk of life. Yet the church must be the one institution on earth where race, age, gender ...Read More

  • Abraham Went Out

    Hebrews 11:8–10

    Jesus is our ultimate example of one who lived as a stranger in the Promised Land. By dwelling (or, “tabernacling”) among us (John 1:14), He became the ultimate example of the one who lived in tents in the land ...Read More

  • Abram Desires an Heir

    Genesis 15:2–3

    God knows our struggles to trust His Word, and He wants us to lean on Him when times like these arise. But we must be willing to admit it. If you have trouble believing God today, go before Him with ...Read More

  • Abram Moved His Tent

    Genesis 13:14–18

    While we who live under the new covenant know even more of the rich country awaiting us when Jesus returns (Rev. 21), even Abram understood that to trust God is better than hoarding treasures for ourselves right now. If we ...Read More

  • Abram Rescues Lot

    Genesis 14:13–16

    The church will vanquish the kingdom of Satan (Matt. 16:18), but this does not mean we will be free from setbacks along the way (Acts 8:1–3; 12:1–5). Still, we know we will be liberated from ...Read More

  • Abram Settled

    Genesis 13:8–13

    Ambrose of Milan comments, “Let us not then choose that which is more pleasing at first sight but that which is truly better” (On Abraham 2.6.35). A seemingly good choice made in haste can lead to spiritual disaster ...Read More

  • Abram’s Question

    Genesis 15:7–8

    One of the most important reasons why we must gather together with other believers regularly is to find support in our struggles. We are also to exhort others to press on and persevere, seeking to hold each other accountable as ...Read More

  • Abram’s Shield

    Genesis 15:1

    John Calvin wrote that today’s passage reminds us of God’s care to preserve us in safety under His hand and to protect us by His power. Even though we suffer many troubles in this life, the Lord has ...Read More

  • Abram Went

    Genesis 12:4–9

    John Calvin comments: “By the example of Abram, entire self-renunciation is enjoined, that we may live and die to God alone.” Leaving the only source of his security behind was indeed difficult for Abram. That which we must renounce may ...Read More

  • A Female Servant

    Genesis 16:1

    Once again in the story of Abraham, Moses records the historical details in such a way as to emphasize the importance of trusting the Lord even in the face of personal difficulty. Real faith does not only believe God when ...Read More

  • A Friend of God

    Genesis 18:16–19

    Hear the words of Jesus in John 15:14–15: “You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but ...Read More

  • A Knife Is Drawn

    Genesis 22:9–10

    We do not need a major tragedy to make us feel as if we are clinging to God’s promises by our fingernails. Sometimes our daily problems can build to the point where we hardly feel like keeping the promises ...Read More

  • A Servant’s Prayer

    Genesis 24:10–14

    Matthew Henry writes, “Those who would have good success must pray for it.” Prayer is essential for determining the will of God, but the Lord will never lead us to make a choice contrary to the clear teachings of Scripture ...Read More