• The Days of Prosperity and Adversity

    Ecclesiastes 7:14

    As we grow in faith, we should find ourselves increasingly aware that our hard days are from the Lord no less than our good ones, and we should be thanking Him for bringing trials into our lives through which He ...Read More

  • Discipline’s Cleansing Rod

    Proverbs 20:30

    Matthew Henry comments, “Severe rebukes sometimes do a great deal of good, as corrosives contribute to the cure of a wound, eating out the proud flesh. The rod drives out even that foolishness which was bound up in the heart ...Read More

  • Waiting for Justice

    Psalm 137

    John Calvin comments on Psalm 137:9 that “it may seem to savor of cruelty … but [the psalmist] does not speak under the impulse of personal feeling, and only employs words which God had himself authorized, so that this ...Read More

  • The Worth of a Good Name

    Ecclesiastes 7:1

    Many people who have a good reputation do not deserve it, for they live as impenitent hypocrites. Our remaining sin means that we will never fully live up to the good opinions others may have of us, but that does ...Read More

  • God’s Choice of Judah

    Psalm 78:67–72

    Our great God ushered in His kingdom not with a show of force but through the humble Jesus, the Lamb of God who laid down His life to save His people from their sins. This Jesus is the only leader ...Read More

  • Idolatry and Restoration

    Psalm 78:40–66

    Though much of the focus of today’s passage is on the failure of the Israelites due to idolatry, we can find greatly encouraging the concluding note of hope in which God arises to rescue His people. Even when the covenant ...Read More

  • Ingratitude and Hypocrisy

    Psalm 78:21–39

    The consequences for ingratitude and hypocrisy are great indeed. Because the wilderness generation never offered genuine repentance for these sins, the people of that era did not live to see God’s great blessing in the land. We must be on ...Read More

  • True Repentance and Prayer

    2 Corinthians 7:10

    It is not entirely inappropriate to fear being punished for sin. After all, the Bible warns us of such punishment. Yet that cannot be the sole thing that drives our repentance. We must come to the point that we are ...Read More

  • Job’s Repentance and Restoration

    Job 42

    Sometimes restoration comes to us in this lifetime, but sometimes it awaits the age to come. In truth, all of God’s faithful servants will be finally vindicated and restored, and that is what we all long for with great hope ...Read More

  • The Lord Answers Job

    Job 38

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The judge upon the bench must have the last word; so God had here, and so he will have in every controversy, for every man’s judgment proceeds from him and by his definitive sentence ...Read More

  • Elihu’s Arrogance

    Job 36

    We often act as if we know so much more than those who came before us simply because we have computers, advanced medicine, and the other benefits of the technological revolution. The truth of the matter, however, is that although ...Read More

  • Job’s Final Defense

    Job 31

    From the example of Job and other key biblical figures such as Paul, we learn that it is right and proper to make a defense of ourselves and to not repent for sin that we have not committed. Sometimes, as ...Read More

  • Job’s Hope of Resurrection

    Job 19:25–27

    When it looks as if injustice will prevail and we will never be vindicated for serving the Lord faithfully, the sure hope of resurrection and judgment remind us that all will be set right. We can look forward with assurance ...Read More

  • Understanding God’s Discipline

    Job 5:17–27

    Truth, if wrongly applied, can actually do more harm than good. Job’s friends were not wrong that God disciplines His children, but they did err in viewing all discipline in punitive terms. Such a view will lead to poor counsel ...Read More

  • The Response of Eliphaz

    Job 4:7–11

    The fall has introduced a certain degree of chaos, from our perspective, into this world. Although creation is never chaotic to the Lord and Maker of the universe, the presence of sin means that sometimes people suffer the effects of ...Read More