• 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

  • The Lord Will Provide

    Genesis 22:13–14

    How we worship God reveals whether or not we trust Him to supply our needs. Whenever we get a raise, gain an extra hour in the day, or learn a new skill, we ought to think about how we can ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Isaac’s Question

    Genesis 22:7–8

    One commentator has said that after years of walking with the Lord, “God will provide” became Abraham’s motto. Certain of the Lord’s character, the patriarch is open to any of the ways in which God might choose to ...Read More

  • Take Your Son

    Genesis 22:2–6

    Faith comes quickly when the Lord calls us to do easy things. But it is much harder to trust Him when He asks us to do difficult tasks. God will not call us to offer up our children as burnt ...Read More

  • Abraham’s Greatest Test

    Genesis 22:1

    John Calvin writes, “The Lord, indeed, is so indulgent to our infirmity, that he does not thus severely and sharply try our faith: yet he intended in the father of all the faithful, to propose an example by which he ...Read More

  • Abimelech and Abraham

    Genesis 21:22–34

    Christians are called first and foremost to be peacemakers in the church. Every time we refuse to repent when we sin, we threaten the peace of God’s people. If we continually bring up the offenses of those who we ...Read More

  • God Rescues Ishmael

    Genesis 21:15–21

    John Chrysostom comments: “The grace of God is the greatest security and the most impregnable fortification” (Homilies on Genesis 46.7–8). Though all outward circumstances might testify otherwise, the Lord’s people know that He is their rock and ...Read More

  • Ishmael Cast Out

    Genesis 21:8–14

    The removal of Ishmael proves God is continually working to advance His kingdom and remove the threats to His people. Sometimes the advance of His reign requires that He protect us. Other times we may have to suffer and hope ...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 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

  • Just as Promised

    Genesis 21:1–3

    Our God is trustworthy, and He will surely fulfill all of His promises even if we may have to wait for the resurrection to see His kingdom in all its fullness. Our Father is faithful today to work in you ...Read More

  • Abraham Blessed

    Genesis 20:14–18

    Christians may never unwittingly take another person’s spouse into a harem like Abimelech did, and yet they may unwittingly put their own marriages at risk by developing friendships with the opposite sex that are deeper than they ought to ...Read More

  • Abraham Rebuked

    Genesis 20:8–13

    John Calvin astutely comments on what this passage tells us about our need to pray for our leaders. Because the sin of the king can also be easily imitated by the people, we must therefore earnestly “beseech God to govern ...Read More