• The People of God

    Romans 9:25-26

    God chooses us for His glory and not on account of any good in us. John Calvin comments that God’s glory is revealed in destroying the reprobate, because the only thing that separates the elect from the reprobate is that ...Read More

  • The Power of God’s Word

    Jeremiah 23:9–40

    Fire and hammers destroy and demolish—so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our consciences and bring us to the end of ourselves. Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape—so we should expect Scripture also ...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 ...Read More

  • Probing the Remote Purpose

    What past or present circumstances in your life have caused you to ask “Why?” Ask God to show you how His good intentions are reflected in these situations.Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is still an ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    Genesis 50:15–21

    Have you ever been betrayed by a friend, falsely accused, unfairly overlooked, or otherwise Leviticus mistreated? Whoever did such to you likely was acting in an evil way. But Scripture affirms that God, too, has a purpose in the evil ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    Those who would use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God have a problem. As many theologians and philosophers have taught, evil is a negative idea, a parasite on the good. Without a previously existing, eternal, and ...Read More

  • Providence and Freedom

    Job 1

    Man freely does what he wants, but apart from Christ he only desires sin (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 4:8). God has renewed His people, enabling them to desire what is good. Those He has passed over choose willingly, in ...Read More

  • Providence and God’s Inheritance

    Ephesians 1:11-12

    Our Creator does not need anything from us, which makes it all the more remarkable that He purposed in eternity past to make us His own inheritance. This is a great privilege, and it is due entirely to His sovereign ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of the pain in and of itself, but because we know the Lord is working in it for His glory and our good. Let us cultivate a grateful attitude toward God, informed by the knowledge that everything is truly in His hand.Read More

  • Providence and Prayer

    James 5:16b–18

    Divine providence should not hinder prayer. Instead it should make us eager to intercede for ourselves and others, because we know God makes use of our prayers to accomplish His will. Consider this example: If my wife is ill, how ...Read More

  • The Providence of God

    Ephesians 1:11

    The thought that God sees everything about us is terrifying for unbelievers, so they deny God’s existence or His holiness because they want to escape His justice. We who know the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord, however, should be ...Read More

  • Pursuing the Quest for Purpose

    Think about how proximate purpose may be contributing to God’s remote purpose in your life.Read More

  • Remembering Who We Are

    Luke 17:7–10

    When we enter the presence of the Lord, we must remember that we are sinners and have merited only the righteous wrath of our Creator. Thus, we should come before Him in a spirit of repentance, with sorrow for sin ...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