• Building Amidst Opposition

    Nehemiah 2

    Dr. Sproul notes that one of the hardest costs to bear for following Jesus in the modern West is the scorn and ridicule encountered from an unbelieving world. This is the kind of opposition that we are most apt to ...Read More

  • Commit to the Lord

    Proverbs 3:5–6; 16:3

    Confess ways that you rely on your own strength instead of God’s. Does your self-dependence extend to other areas—your family, health, salvation? It you are anxious and self-reliant, could the root of the problem be a lack of ...Read More

  • Courageous Esther

    Esther 4

    Though the Lord is always working for our good (Rom. 8:28), most times we cannot discern how His providence will work things out. We must often make decisions when there seems to be no good option or when God ...Read More

  • Courage Under Fire

    Daniel 3:1–4:3

    God rescued His faithful servants when they showed themselves unwilling to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s dictates. The Lord promises to deliver us as well, though this deliverance might not occur until He returns. In any case, we serve God not because ...Read More

  • Depending on the Lord

    Isaiah 66:1–2

    Christian growth comes as we learn more and more what it means to depend absolutely on God. Our Lord, since He is a jealous God, will not put up with His people not depending fully on Him. Thus, He will ...Read More

  • Entrust Your Soul

    1 Peter 4:18–19

    Today’s passage, which also says that the righteous are scarcely saved, does not warn us that salvation can be lost. Rather, as John Calvin says, it tells us that no one enters the kingdom without experiencing hardship. Even in ...Read More

  • The Fourth Petition

    James 1:16–17

    Paul tells us that the failure to thank God for His blessings is one of the two basic sins of which all fallen people are guilty (Rom. 1:21). This means, among other things, that we tend toward ingratitude and ...Read More

  • Goodness and Faith

    Psalm 37:3

    We will continue to sin until we are in the direct presence of God, so there will always be occasions when we disbelieve the Lord and transgress His law. Our need for perfection has been met in Christ, and He ...Read More

  • His Voice

    Hebrews 12:26–27

    Where do you place your trust? Is it in money, status, or employment? Is it found in your relationships? Take some time to ask yourself where you truly place your trust. Ask the Lord to help you place your trust ...Read More

  • Jesus Stills the Storm

    Matthew 8:23–27

    We put our lives in Jesus’ hands based on the evidence of His power. Today’s passage shows us that we can trust Him because He has authority over all nature and is worthy of our faith since He is ...Read More

  • Light and Darkness

    Exodus 14:15–20

    Read the passage below from John. What does it mean to walk in the light? Describe what it means to walk in darkness. What are some “deeds of darkness”? What are deeds of the light? Read Ephesians 5:8–14 ...Read More

  • The Lord of Grace, Mercy, and Justice

    Isaiah 30:18

    God must give us new hearts if we are to repent (Eph. 2:8–10). But once these hearts are ours, we must turn to Him for salvation both from His wrath and our enemies. He will deliver us if ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Direction

    Proverbs 16:1, 9; 21:1

    Do you have anxiety about the future and decisions you have to make? Could your anxiety stem from trying to make things work for yourself instead of trusting God? Consider your experiences, circumstances, and talents. How might you be striving ...Read More

  • The Lord will be Merciful

    Isaiah 30:18–26

    Are you anxious about what God is going to do to your nation and how He is going to discipline His people? Are you alarmed by circumstances around you that seem to be swirling out of control? Trust in the ...Read More

  • The Lord will Fight

    Exodus 14:10–14

    Read aloud verse 13–14. In what kinds of difficulties are you most afraid? Why should you not be afraid during difficult times? What has God promised His people? How do you depend on your own ability instead of God ...Read More