• 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

  • The Days of Prosperity and Adversity

    Ecclesiastes 7:14

    As we grow in faith, we should find ourselves increasingly aware that our hard days are from the Lord no less than our good ones, and we should be thanking Him for bringing trials into our lives through which He ...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

  • The Discipline of the Lord

    Proverbs 3:11-12

    God does not delight in seeing His children suffer; rather, He imposes discipline for the greater good of our maturity in Christ. The discipline that we feel for our sin is not a sign that God hates us or is ...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 had ...Read More

  • A Divine Vocation

    Luke 2:22–35

    Lest we think that Christ bore His pain with ease, let us remember that even Jesus asked for the cup of suffering to pass from Him (Luke 22:39–42). Yet He did this in faith, submitting to the Father ...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

  • Elihu’s Arrogance

    Job 36

    We often act as if we know so much more than those who came before us simply because we have computers, advanced medicine, and the other benefits of the technological revolution. The truth of the matter, however, is that although ...Read More

  • The End of the Wicked

    Proverbs 11:7–8

    Some people have found Proverbs unrealistic, believing that it has no place for the suffering of the righteous. as noted, however, Proverbs has a well-orbed theology that recognizes the pain of God’s people and the trouble even the most faithful ...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 is ...Read More

  • Faithful Obedience

    Psalm 119:137–144

    In many places around the world, Christians have long had to deal with being a part of the “small and despised” minority. In the West, we find that although many people still profess some form of Christianity, it is increasingly ...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

  • The Fall and Rise of the Righteous

    Proverbs 24:16

    Many commentators note that this passage can also be applied to the sins of the righteous person. Matthew Henry comments, “The just man falls, sometimes falls seven times perhaps, into sin, sins of infirmity, through the surprise of temptation; but ...Read More