• Abraham Passes His Test

    Genesis 22:11–12

    Matthew Henry writes, “The best evidence of our fearing God is our being willing to serve and honor him with that which is dearest to us.” There are many ways in which we can do this. It may mean using ...Read More

  • Abraham’s Last Request

    Genesis 24:5–9Genesis 24:5–9

    So often we can be like Elijah — thrown into despair over our present circumstances even though God has shown Himself faithful in days past (1 Kings 19:1–18). When doubts assail us, we do well to consider the Lord ...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 Mother’s Advice

    Genesis 27:41–45

    Though God’s grace was poured out lavishly despite His people’s wickedness, we must never sin so that grace may abound (Rom. 5:12–6:4). Are you guilty of using an “ends justify the means” theology to achieve ...Read More

  • An Oblivious Father

    Genesis 27:1–4

    When we seek our satisfaction apart from God’s will and make our own happiness an end in itself, we can end up, consciously or not, plotting against Him. For example, we may consider marriage for purely selfish reasons, thereby ...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

  • Assurance for Abraham

    Genesis 22:15–19

    Christians do good works. And in His marvelous grace, our Father “looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections” (Westminster Confession of Faith, 16.6 ...Read More

  • A Wife for Isaac

    Genesis 24:1–4

    John Chrysostom comments, “The patriarch acted in this from concern for the soul’s virtue and abhorrence of the wickedness of the [Canaanite] inhabitants” (Homilies on Genesis, 48.8–9). Abraham’s chief concern was for Isaac to marry a ...Read More

  • Call His Name Isaac

    Genesis 17:18–19

    The principles of how we are to act in certain situations are clearly given in Scripture. Yet, like Abraham, we can be guilty of going our own way. When the Lord plainly makes His intent for us known, we must ...Read More

  • God’s Fidelity to Isaac

    Genesis 25:19–23

    It can be easy for us to get discouraged when we have prayed for years and it seems that God has not intervened in our situation. We can be tempted to give up interceding for that sick person or wayward ...Read More

  • He Who Laughs Last

    Genesis 21:6–7

    Matthew Henry comments: “God’s favors to his covenant people are such as surpass both their own and others’ thoughts and expectations. Who would have said that God should send his Son to die for us, his Spirit to sanctify ...Read More

  • Isaac and Esau

    Genesis 27:30–38

    Calvin further writes: “The wicked, when punishment overtakes them, bewail the salvation they have lost; but, meanwhile, do not cease to delight themselves in their vices; and instead of heartily seeking after the righteousness of God, they rather desire that ...Read More

  • Isaac Blesses His Sons

    Hebrews 11:20

    At the end of his life, Isaac had no land to leave to his children. Neither did he have the many descendants promised to Abraham. But he did have God’s word of promise, and that word was sufficient for ...Read More

  • Isaac Marries Rebekah

    Genesis 24:62–67

    Isaac was meditating in the field alone in today’s passage (Gen. 24:63). Matthew Henry comments, “Meditation and prayer ought to be both our business and our delight when we are alone.” In light of our discussion on decision ...Read More

  • Isaac Recieves the Sign

    Genesis 21:4–5

    God’s sovereign and powerful work of salvation frees us to obey Him with joy. We do not have to suffer under the burden of having our own efforts measure up, for we obey in gratitude because Christ’s faithfulness ...Read More