• 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

  • 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

  • The Word of God and Affliction

    Psalm 119:65–72

    The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s discipline may seem painful at the moment, but the lasting harvest of righteousness that it creates is well worth all the trouble we must endure (Heb. 12:3–11). Not all ...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

  • Not Forgetting God’s Law

    Psalm 119:57-64

    Today, the church is in desperate need of recovering its confidence in the Word of God. Special programs, popular music, and other such things alone, as well-intentioned as they might be, are not the means by which God saves His ...Read More

  • The Word of God in Times of Trouble

    Psalm 119:49-56

    John Calvin writes, “If we meditate carefully on [God’s] word, we shall live even in the midst of death, nor will we meet with any sorrow so heavy for which it will not furnish us with a remedy.” God ...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

  • 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 ...Read More

  • A Prayer for Deliverance

    Psalm 6

    Only when we have a high view of God’s sovereignty will we be able to understand that God uses the pain in our lives to discipline us, either to show us the consequences of our sin or to keep ...Read More

  • The Wisdom of Job

    Job 42

    Wise people maintain the distinction between Creator and creature, recognizing that there are some matters where God has chosen to remain silent. They respect the Lord’s decision and do not try to speak where He has not spoken. They ...Read More

  • No Separation from God’s Love

    Romans 8:38-39

    Many Christians will accept that nothing outside of ourselves can separate us from God’s love, but they live with the constant fear that they might jump out of the Lord’s saving hand. But we are a part of ...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

  • The Glory To Be Revealed

    Romans 8:18

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “The difference between the present degree of pain we experience and the blessedness to which God has appointed His people is so immensely different that there is no way to compare ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Glory

    1 Peter 4:14

    The work of the Holy Spirit is extensive, and we will explore further how we may walk in the Spirit next week. We should note today, however, that the Holy Spirit does not tend to make a fuss about Himself ...Read More

  • Our Final Rescue From Affliction

    2 Thessalonians 1:5–10

    At His return, Jesus “will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven” (The Heidelberg Catechism, A. 52). What greater comfort could there be than to know that we will live before ...Read More