• Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More

  • The Restrainer

    2 Thessalonians 2:1–12

    Knowing the identity of the restrainer mentioned in today’s passage would indeed be a good thing for our understanding of this text. However, whether or not we are ever clear of the identity of this restrainer, the important point ...Read More

  • The Eyes of the Lord

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use ...Read More

  • If God Permits

    Hebrews 6:2–3

    All of life is lived under the all-encompassing sovereignty of God. Though we make many plans in life, we will only be able to carry them out if God is so willing. When you make plans for the future, be ...Read More

  • The Lord Saves Israel

    1 Samuel 14:16-23

    Saul gives the appearance of “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). He gives more heed to rituals than to the God behind them. Rituals are good so long as they bring us closer ...Read More

  • A Helpless People

    1 Samuel 13:16-23

    It seems that the Israelites were trusting in Saul and that Saul was trusting in himself, but no one was trusting God. The result was predictably negative. Likewise, trusting anything other than God will have negative consequences for us. Examine ...Read More

  • Acts of Providence

    Isaiah 28:23–29

    Have you ever become angry with God because you didn’t understand why you had to suffer while someone else you knew never seemed to have any problems? If so, or even if you’ve wondered why there seems to ...Read More

  • Judgment on Shebna

    Isaiah 22:15-25

    Read Luke 1:52. Who is in control of promotions and demotions? Think of the political and ecclesiastical leaders in your nation. Which of them are humble men? Which are proud and self-serving? When you think of these men and ...Read More

  • Why Pray?

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    From your knowledge of Scripture, list the benefits and obligations of prayer. Look up prayer in your concordance or cross references to help you. Do you pray with adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication? Strive to pray in a complete manner ...Read More

  • God and Human Freedom

    John 19

    Read Acts 27. How is God’s sovereign providence revealed in this incident? Paul assures the men that they would be saved, but he also stresses their responsibility in verse 31. What does this teach you about your own freedom ...Read More

  • God and Sin

    James 1

    Think of a time in your life when you sinned and later saw how God brought good out of your sinful actions. Does God’s sovereign control in permitting your sin excuse your sin? How are you comforted knowing God ...Read More

  • God or Chance?

    Isaiah 45

    Read Amos 4:6–10; Hebrews 12:5–11; and 1 Peter 1:6–7. From these passages why might God cause “bad things” to happen? What should our response be when we are confronted with difficult circumstances? Work to ...Read More

  • What Is Providence?

    Matthew 10

    What kind of effect do you think a revived understanding and acceptance of providence would have on people you know? On our society as a whole? Try to bring the concept of providence into your thoughts and conversation throughout this ...Read More

  • Divine Providence

    Psalm 46

    Read Matthew 6:25–32. What does this passage say about God’s providence? Think of times you attributed events under the canopy of God’s providence to chance. Why is it more comforting to think of providence instead? Notice ...Read More

  • Predestination and Confidence

    Romans 8:18–28

    That God is sovereign is nonnegotiable. If anything had power over God, that thing would have to be “god.” It would be the most powerful thing in the universe and would be due our worship and adoration. Thank and praise ...Read More