• 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 Brother Ambushed

    Genesis 37:18–24

    John Calvin comments, “The characters of men are not to be estimated by a single act, however atrocious, so as to cause us to despair of their salvation.” Like Reuben, believers today can fall into gross sin. But they may ...Read More

  • A City Is Circumcised

    Genesis 34:18–24

    First John 2:15b warns us: “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Dinah’s friendliness with the ways of the Canaanite women and widespread intermarriage, had it happened, both warn us against ...Read More

  • A Despised Birthright

    Genesis 25:29–34

    Matthew Henry comments: “The gratifying of the sensual appetite is that which ruins thousands of precious souls.” If we claim to be in Christ, we must be on guard lest the lusts of the flesh become settled in our hearts ...Read More

  • A Father’s Last Request

    Genesis 47:29–31

    John Calvin offers comments about the patriarchs, saying that “not even death itself could extinguish the power of their faith.” All of us must look beyond the end of our own lives and trust God to keep all of His ...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 God of Seeing

    Genesis 16:13–16

    In His great love, God provided for His people what they could not provide for themselves: perfect righteousness in Christ. While we cannot give this great gift, we can spread His love by working to meet the needs of those ...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