• Counting It All Joy

    Habakkuk 3:17–19

    Our future hope, rightly understood, does not make us callous to the needs and importance of this present life. Instead, it makes us live today with confidence, sure of the Lord’s presence as we courageously face the unknown. “This ...Read More

  • Deserved Suffering

    1 Peter 4:15

    How apt are you to play the part of the righteous victim? Do you become indignant when you experience hardship even though you might deserve it for meddling in someone else’s affairs? Though we are called to rescue others ...Read More

  • Distinguishing the Active and Passive Wills of God

    Can you remember when God used what was intended for evil to accomplish good in your life? Give Him thanks for those times.Read More

  • Divine Concurrence

    Job 1

    One of the best examples of concurrence in Scripture is seen in the death of Christ. God ordained the crucifixion and evil men acted to bring it about. Both were necessary for Christ’s death to take place. But God ...Read More

  • Dying in Faith

    Hebrews 11:13–16

    Do you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ as one of His sheep, or are you counted among the goats who serve another master? If you trust in Jesus alone, then you can be sure that He will receive you ...Read More

  • Enduring Love

    1 Corinthians 13:7

    To speak of suffering as a loving expression of God’s discipline is not to say that there is always a one-to-one correlation between a specific sin we have committed and our trial. Such a correlation may be true in ...Read More

  • Envying Evil Men

    Proverbs 24:1–2

    Seeing the wicked succeed can be discouraging, especially when we are suffering for the sake of righteousness. Yet what we should never do, today’s passage tells us, is envy the wicked and their success. The success of the wicked ...Read More

  • Faithful Suffering

    Hebrews 11:35

    We should never be surprised when persecution, no matter its intensity, comes to us. John Calvin says that it actually can serve to confirm that we have true faith. Yet at the same time, it can be scary to consider ...Read More

  • Fearing God

    Ecclesiastes 11-12

    Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life because of our need to take a long view of things. It can be difficult to remain faithful in suffering or to spend hours ministering with little visible return. When we ...Read More

  • Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions

    Colossians 1:24

    We may not always think of it in this way, but our suffering for the cause of Christ actually brings us closer to the day of His return, for God has ordained that the day of Jesus’ victorious coming would ...Read More

  • From Jacob to Israel

    Genesis 32:27–28

    When God sends trials our way, He is not working against us. He also delivers us from the travails He permits (Pss. 18:2; 74; 79; 1 Cor. 10:13). Calvin writes that “inasmuch as he supplies us with more ...Read More

  • God’s Word, Affliction, and Glory

    Psalm 119:73–80

    Fear of the divine without knowledge of divine truth is superstition, for superstitious people have some kind of “fear” or “anxiety” regarding divine forces. Knowledge of divine truth without fear of the divine is dead orthodoxy, knowledge about God without ...Read More

  • God’s Work for Our good

    Romans 8:28

    God works all things together for our good if we love Christ. Not just some things, not just most things, but all things are used by Him for our ultimate good and His final glory, which is the highest good ...Read More

  • Holy Truth

    1 Peter 2:22

    Of all the lies we might tell, the most dangerous are probably those lies we tell ourselves to make us believe we are not really sinning. Given our susceptibility to falling into sin, we must be extra careful to examine ...Read More

  • Hope in Suffering

    1 Peter 5:12

    Take some time today to ask yourself: “Where does my hope lie?” Does it lie in your being accepted by this world, or have you placed your hope in Christ alone and in your citizenship in His kingdom? Read through ...Read More