• A Seal on the Heart and Arm

    Song of Solomon 8:6–7

    Today’s passage also describes love between husband and wife as the “flame of the Lord.” The covenant name Yahweh does not actually appear in the Hebrew; it is inferred from the -yah ending on the Hebrew word for flame ...Read More

  • Joy and Judgment

    Ecclesiastes 11:9–10

    The media often depicts Christians as joyless, judgmental individuals who avoid pleasure at all cost. We know that this is a gross caricature, especially in light of the Bible’s teaching that we are to rejoice in what God has given ...Read More

  • Building Wealth for God’s Glory

    Romans 7:4

    Pursuing increased productivity and wealth can be motivated by selfishness, but it does not have to be. We who know the Lord and want to serve Him and others can do much more for the kingdom if we increase our ...Read More

  • The Wise and Industrious Wife

    Proverbs 31:13–27

    It has been said that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” Indeed, the quality of a husband’s wife will inevitably have an impact on the husband’s reputation for good or for ill. Godly wives endeavor to act ...Read More

  • Avoiding Bitterness of Mind and Speech

    Ecclesiastes 10:20

    Wise people put up safeguards in their thoughts and actions to help keep them from being ensnared by a root of bitterness. Lest our minds lead us astray, it is wise to think on what is true, good, and beautiful ...Read More

  • When Reality Is Upside Down

    Ecclesiastes 10:5–7

    In God’s sovereign providence, our Creator has at times seen fit to allow fools to attain places of power. We know that this is ultimately for our greater good and His glory. Still, we rightly sense that something is wrong ...Read More

  • Calming the Ruler

    Ecclesiastes 10:4

    Our responses to others, especially those in authority, must always be governed by divine wisdom. We must pray that the Lord would help us discern the difference between abuse and rightly administered discipline, between the response of a ruler that ...Read More

  • Sovereign over Suffering

    Genesis 50:15–21

    God always has a good purpose for allowing suffering to come into our lives, but we do not always know what that purpose is. Yet, because we know the Lord is perfectly good (James 1:13–18), we trust that ...Read More

  • Fools and Their Folly

    Proverbs 26:11–12

    Humanly speaking, there seems to be no hope for the self-deluded fool. Given the omnipotent grace of Christ, however, the gospel can break through and reach the hearts of even those who are the most hardened in their folly. God ...Read More

  • Three Things the Lord Hates

    Proverbs 6:16–17

    As we go through this list in Proverbs 6:16–19 of the things that God hates, it will become clear that all of us are guilty of at least one of the sins that are enumerated. Think on that ...Read More

  • Meet Woman Folly

    Proverbs 9:13–18

    Often we wonder how people can make foolish decisions that destroy their lives and reputations. The simple answer is that sin is seductive. People chase after folly because they believe its false promises. Let us take care to guard our ...Read More

  • Not in Our Hands

    Ecclesiastes 9:11–12

    The point of Ecclesiastes 9:11–12 is not to dissuade us from planning or to make us cynical about what we can do to live successfully; rather, the Preacher’s aim is to keep us humble and to remind us ...Read More

  • Working While We Can

    Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Labor was instituted before the fall and was part of the order that God called “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Thus, we have good reason to believe that work will be a part of the age to come in some ...Read More

  • The Good Fruit of Righteous Speech

    Proverbs 12:13–14

    If we will have to give an account for every careless word that we speak (Matt. 12:36), how much more will we have to answer for slanderous and evil speech? Knowing that our speech reveals our hearts should encourage ...Read More

  • Embracing Our Finitude

    Ecclesiastes 8:16–17

    Scripture does not say it is impossible for us to know anything. Instead, the emphasis is on pursuing knowledge within the boundaries of God’s revelation. Special revelation—sacred Scripture—must guide even our study of “non- religious” matters such as ...Read More