• The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just ...Read More

  • 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 ...Read More

  • God’s Sovereign Mercy

    Romans 9:14-16

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “If grace is owed, it is not grace. The very essence of grace is its voluntary character. God reserves to Himself the sovereign, absolute right to give grace to some and ...Read More

  • Courage Under Fire

    Daniel 3:1–4:3

    God rescued His faithful servants when they showed themselves unwilling to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s dictates. The Lord promises to deliver us as well, though this deliverance might not occur until He returns. In any case, we serve God not ...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 ...Read More

  • God Makes It All Happen

    Psalm 2

    Our individualistic culture can make it hard for us to remember that we are accountable to more than just ourselves. Ultimately, however, we have a duty to obey the commands of our Creator. We are His creatures and must submit ...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 ...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

  • Hope for the Nations

    Jeremiah 12

    In our lives, things often get worse before they get better. At such times, we can be perplexed at why God allows us to suffer while allowing the wicked to succeed. Such confusion can be an expression of faith as ...Read More

  • Habakkuk Questions the Lord

    Habakkuk 1:12–2:1

    To ask questions of God in faith means asking Him with the willingness to be content with His answer or even if He never appears to give us an answer at all. To ask questions of the Lord in a ...Read More

  • Habakkuk’s Oracle

    Habakkuk 1:1–11

    When we see the wicked prospering and God’s people suffering, we may think the Lord is too slow in responding to the evil we are enduring. Yet God always works in His time, and He sometimes works in ways ...Read More

  • The Good News of God’s Reign

    Isaiah 52:1–12

    Restoration requires faith in the Lord, but we are not able to muster up in ourselves faith that will persevere to the end. We need an atonement that covers even our unbelief, and God must create in us new hearts ...Read More

  • Cyrus, the Lord’s Anointed

    Isaiah 45:1–13

    It might be a clichè to say that we should “expect the unexpected.” Yet because God is fully sovereign, there is a real sense in which we should expect Him to act in ways we have not anticipated because His ...Read More

  • God’s Kingdom and Power

    Romans 10:11–13

    Answer 128 of the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us that the Father is “both willing and able to give us all that is good” that He might “receive all the praise, forever.” We should not doubt the goodness of God, nor ...Read More

  • The Second Petition

    Romans 14:17

    Today, God’s special kingdom of blessing is manifested primarily in the church. It is through the ministry of Word and sacrament that we learn what it means to bow the knee to Christ as Lord. Furthermore, it is through ...Read More