• A Required Reckoning

    Genesis 9:5–7

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on today’s passage: “No one can be injurious to his brother without wounding God himself.” As we have seen already, how we treat others reveals what we really think of the Lord (James ...Read More

  • A Righteous Man

    Genesis 6:9–11

    John Calvin comments on this passage, “they are called just and upright, not who are in every respect perfect, and in whom there is no defect; but who cultivate righteousness purely, and from their heart.” Are you cultivating holiness in ...Read More

  • As God Had Commanded

    Genesis 7:6–10

    The commendations of Noah’s righteousness are intended to illustrate the benefits of holiness and motivate our obedience. Those who seek to follow all that the Lord commands can rightly expect a blessing, even if the fullness of this blessing ...Read More

  • Clean Animals

    Genesis 7:1–5

    One of the great heritages of the Reformed tradition is the regulative principle, which recognizes that worship must be governed by the Word of God and not whatever we happen to think is best. How do you approach the worship ...Read More

  • Come Into the Ark

    Genesis 6:17–18

    The Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes the biblical teaching on the visible church when it says that outside of the church there is no ordinary possibility of salvation (25.2). Being a visible church member does not guarantee a place ...Read More

  • God’s Determination

    Genesis 6:12–13

    As Christians, we are all concerned to place Christ at the center of our lives. However, putting Jesus at the center of our attention involves more than just intellectual assent to His teaching or a verbal affirmation of trust. As ...Read More

  • Into Your Hands

    Genesis 9:1–4

    Genesis 9:1–7, is one of the most important texts we have on stewardship in Scripture. Our Lord has given the resources of the earth into our hands for our benefit and His glory (vv. 2, 7). Yet we ...Read More

  • Never Again

    Genesis 9:8–11

    While we cannot always draw a one-to-one correlation between natural disasters and divine judgment, we should not be surprised when evil nations suffer the ravages of nature. Moreover, we must never think God has nothing to do with inclement weather ...Read More

  • Noah Built an Ark

    Hebrews 11:7

    Many people admire Jesus, but few believe in, or even think about, His second coming. At His coming, He will judge the whole earth and renew all things. Ask the Lord to increase your faith so that you will live ...Read More

  • Noah Went Out

    Genesis 8:18–19

    In our day, there are many people in Christian churches who confess Christ but have not trusted Him or followed His way. Even some who read this devotional today may not be in the heavenly kingdom. If you have never ...Read More

  • Out From the Ark

    Genesis 8:13–17

    Some might argue Noah helped save himself by building the ark. Note however, it was the Lord who graciously gave Him the blueprints for it (Gen. 6:15–16). Moreover, it was not his work that justified him but rather ...Read More

  • Signs of the Covenant

    Genesis 9:12–17

    The joining of sign and promise in the rainbow demonstrates how the sacraments must not be divorced from the Word. By themselves, the sacraments offer no aid, but with the Word and faith, they are powerful means of grace. As ...Read More

  • The Ark Came to Rest

    Genesis 8:1b–5

    The story of Utnapishtim is not the only one offering us a history that remakes God in our image, downplaying His holiness and our depravity. Radical groups like the Jesus Seminar continue to offer us images of a Jesus who ...Read More

  • The Father of Canaan

    Genesis 9:18–23

    Noah shows how even the upright can fall into sin, especially after enduring a trial. Matthew Henry writes, “Sometimes those who, with watchfulness and resolution have, by the grace of God, kept their integrity in the midst of temptation, have ...Read More

  • The Flood Continued

    Genesis 7:17–24

    Are you going through some period of difficulty right now? Perhaps someone close to you has recently died. Maybe you are ill or are doubting the Lord’s promises. Perchance a friend or family member is suffering. If you feel ...Read More