• Blessing the Lord Now and Forever

    Psalm 115:9–18

    God gives us good things not as ends in themselves but so that we will see His generosity and be moved to worship and serve Him. It is not a sin to desire good things from our Lord; the problem ...Read More

  • The Nearness of God in His Word

    Psalm 119:145–152

    Although we do not always feel as if God is near to us, we can be sure that He always draws close to His people when they study His Word and hear it preached. The Holy Spirit attends the reading ...Read More

  • Our Divine Vocation

    Luke 2:22–35

    As the sin-bearer who was Himself perfectly innocent of all transgression, our Savior endured more suffering than any human being ever has or ever will. Scripture tells us that He persevered under suffering not because He relied on His own ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Established Purpose

    Proverbs 19:21

    Matthew Henry also writes, “What comfort does this speak to all God’s people, that all God’s purposes, which we are sure are right and good, shall be accomplished in due time!” The Lord will surely accomplish His will, and ...Read More

  • Evil in God’s Providential Rule

    James 1:13-15

    God never does evil Himself. He stands behind it indirectly, but He directly stands behind good. The Lord can never be blamed for evil, but evil does not take place apart from His decree. We cannot finally explain how this ...Read More

  • Our Sovereign Sustainer

    Hebrews 1:1-4

    We can lose control over the things that we govern. Our property can be confiscated for just or unjust reasons. Our children can rebel and never return to the family. Yet this is not so with our Creator. Nothing takes ...Read More

  • Pursuing Contentment

    Ecclesiastes 4:4-6

    Continually striving after more out of envy for one’s neighbor is a foolish endeavor. To do so, Ecclesiastes 3:6 says, is to strive after wind. After all, we cannot take our possessions with us. They are fleeting and impermanent ...Read More

  • Sovereign Over Our Speech

    Proverbs 16:1

    Matthew Henry comments: “Man cannot go on with his business without the assistance and blessing of God, who made man’s mouth and teaches us what we shall say. Nay, God easily can, and often does, cross men’s purposes, and break ...Read More

  • Made for Eternity

    Ecclesiastes 3:11

    Those who do not know the Lord are driven to despair by the finitude of humanity because they find no hope for making sense of it all. Believers, however, are driven to humility. We grow ever more content that while ...Read More

  • Straightening Our Paths

    Proverbs 3:5–6

    Hindsight, as they say, is always twenty-twenty. When we find ourselves in the place where the Lord wants us, we can often look back and see that the circuitous path it took us to get there was actually perfectly straight ...Read More

  • The Fitting Job For You

    Genesis 2:15

    Even if we find ourselves in jobs that would not be our first choice, we can find joy in our work as we seek to serve God in them. In all that we do, we are not serving merely ourselves ...Read More

  • God’s Will and Your Vocation

    Romans 12:1-8

    It is a good for us to engage in critical self-assessment throughout our lives. Even if we have been in a particular job for a long time, the demands of the job and our interests can change to the point ...Read More

  • God’s Will, Hidden and Revealed

    Deuteronomy 29:29

    Though we should be appropriately concerned about making the right decisions and the potential consequences of all of our choices, it is pointless for us to worry excessively about where we will be in the future. We cannot know God’s ...Read More

  • The External Call

    Acts 6:1-7

    Sometimes the external call to a particular vocation comes before a man or woman receives an internal call. If several individuals are noticing particular gifts in you or are suggesting that you pursue a certain line of work, it is ...Read More

  • The Internal Call

    1 Corinthians 9:16b

    Paul said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16b). He had an unquenchable desire to preach the gospel, as God had called Him to the vocation of pastor, church planter, and Apostle ...Read More