• The Grief of God

    1 Samuel 15:10-16

    Many today believe, as Saul seems to have thought, that what one does is not as important as the sincerity behind the action. But God wants us to have right motives and right actions. True good deeds are motivated by ...Read More

  • Vengeance on Amalek

    1 Samuel 15:1-9

    God is indeed patient and longsuffering. And yet, each day His patience comes to an end for many who rebel against Him. Their lives end and they are lost. We are called to tell unbelievers that they are trying the ...Read More

  • Saul’s Successes

    1 Samuel 14:47–52

    God does not judge success in the same way as the world. Those He deems faithful may attract no notice at all from other people. Our goal, therefore, ought to be His approval, not man’s. Do you long to ...Read More

  • Exposing the Sin

    1 Samuel 14:36–46

    The Bible clearly calls believers to honor and submit to their leaders. But there may be times when those leaders are prepared to take such ungodly measures that they must be opposed. We need great wisdom to discern when such ...Read More

  • The Sin of the Famished

    1 Samuel 14:31-35

    No man can see all the repercussions that will ripple outward from a decision. Only God can see the end from the beginning. But leaders ought to give thought to the possible consequences of their actions. Pray that God will ...Read More

  • Saul “Troubles the Land”

    1 Samuel 14:24-30

    Saul was something of a Pharisee—he required more from his men than God did. We, of course, are prone to the same sort of behavior, dreaming up guidelines for ourselves and others that God never lays upon us. Beware ...Read More

  • The Faith of Jonathan

    1 Samuel 14:1–15

    In his faith, courage, and willingness to wait on God, Jonathan compares favorably to Saul. In human terms, it is a tragedy that Saul’s sin prevents Jonathan from coming to Israel’s throne. But Jonathan accepts God’s judgment ...Read More

  • Acting Without God

    1 Samuel 13:9-15

    No situation excuses disobedience. Even in stressful or dangerous times, God expects us to follow His commands. Our actions must always be compelled by the Word of God, not by circumstances. Take time today to pray for believers who face ...Read More

  • Faithfulness Rewarded

    Joshua 14:6-15

    Caleb was willing to dare great things for God. As such, he was an invaluable example of faith for the people of Israel. Studying the lives of great men and women of faith can and does strengthen our trust in ...Read More

  • The Eastern Heirs

    Joshua 13:8-33

    David was of the tribe of Judah, but he sometimes speaks like a Levite, referring to God as his “portion” or “inheritance” (Pss. 16:5; 142:5). He wanted God more than land or treasure. We, too, should see God ...Read More

  • Divide the Conquered!

    Joshua 13:1-7

    Joshua could not lead Israel against its remaining enemies, but he could not in good conscience let Israel have its land yet. He needed guidance, and God gave it. God also gives us guidance on dealing with the dilemmas we ...Read More

  • Blind to the Truth

    John 18:28-19:5

    What acute spiritual blindness afflicted Pilate! He spoke with Jesus face to face and never grasped the truth about Him. Scripture affirms that all people are naturally blind to the truth. Our most reasoned arguments will not avail to convert ...Read More

  • Under His Gaze

    John 1:43-51

    Nathanael not only came face to face with Jesus, he found himself coram Deo, before the face of the God who saw him always and knew him intimately. We may never come face to face with Jesus in this life ...Read More

  • The Lamb Revealed

    John 1:29-34

    Evangelicals love to exalt Jesus as the one who takes away the sins of His people. But we need to see Him as the great law-keeper, who submitted to all God’s commands to compile a perfect righteousness with which ...Read More

  • Our Commander

    Joshua 5:13-15

    It is vital for us to realize that Christ is our captain, and to “accept Him” is to make His purposes our own. He is not just the great facilitator to help us achieve our ends. Above all, we should ...Read More