• The Third Petition

    Luke 22:39–46

    Dr. John MacArthur comments on today’s passage that in Gethesemane, Jesus “was consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily subjugating all His human desires to the Father’s perfect will” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1327). This is one of the things ...Read More

  • Believing God

    John 14:13–14

    There is no such thing as unanswered prayer for the Christian. God’s answer may be “no,” and we may not like that, but that does not mean the Lord has not answered our prayer. What we do know is ...Read More

  • Honoring God’s Holy Name

    Isaiah 8:13

    Fundamentally, revering God as holy means trusting His promises and obeying His commandments. In other words, we must recognize first that He is holy and that we are unholy, and we must rest only in His Son, Christ Jesus, in ...Read More

  • Paul’s Chief End

    Philippians 1:18b–20

    One evidence that we are truly in Christ is that we make His glory, and therefore the glory of the triune God, our chief end in life. As we pursue His glory and seek to lovingly obey Him in all ...Read More

  • Learning the Will of the Lord

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more ...Read More

  • Discerning the Lord’s Will

    Ephesians 5:10

    Studying the Word of God does not consist merely in coming to an intellectual knowledge of its contents. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of ...Read More

  • Blessings for Jacob and Esau

    Genesis 27:1-45

    It is comforting to know that despite our best efforts, we cannot undo the Lord’s intent to bless His children. Still, we cannot take this as a license to sin, for our evil ways will inevitably cause us much ...Read More

  • God’s Concern for the Nations

    Genesis 10

    Though we in no uncertain terms disagree with his Arminianism, John Wesley’s sentiment on the need for world evangelization is one that all Christians should share: “I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean ...Read More

  • A Mandate for Fruitfulness

    Genesis 9:7

    Given the scourge of abortion in the West today, adopting children is a worthy vocation for all couples whether they are fertile or infertile. Even couples who are unable to adopt can help provide financially for those who want to ...Read More

  • The Razor’s Edge

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture ...Read More

  • Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

    Matthew 23:37–39

    We are not perfectly holy and have no inherent right to execute wrath. How then can we take pleasure in the death of the sinner if God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked? Our hearts should be ...Read More

  • Knowing God’s Will

    1 Thessalonians 4:1–12

    What is God’s will for my life? The simple answer is that His will for my life is that I be holy. This is easy to affirm with our lips, but it is very difficult to have it take ...Read More

  • God’s Revealed Will

    Psalm 119:105

    If we have diligently searched the Scriptures and discover that we have several legitimate options for a spouse, vocation, place to live, and so on, then we are to choose the one we like best. This is one way the ...Read More

  • God’s Hidden Will

    Job 9:1–10

    Many people practice divination in hope of seeing the future (ordained in God’s hidden decrees). Reformed believers may not be inclined to this sin, but we can be too occupied with His hidden will and lapse into hyper-Calvinism. For ...Read More

  • God Speaks to Jacob

    Genesis 31:3

    Sometimes we sense divine Providence indicating a move for us to make. A new job offer might present itself. Maybe a relationship is pointing toward marriage. Investment prospects may be “golden opportunities” for growing our resources. God will often direct ...Read More