• Loudly and Quietly

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  • The Invisible Hand of Providence

    Esther 5–7

    There is no such thing as chance in the sense of things that “just happen”; chance is simply a name for mathematical probabilities. Our universe is not randomly running on its own, and things never occur by coincidence. The Lord ...Read More

  • Postexilic Failure

    Nehemiah 13:15–31

    During the period between Nehemiah and Christ, the hope for God’s deliverance grew and the longing for the Messiah increased among the faithful. The initial promise of the postexilic period faded, and the faithful knew that the Lord would have ...Read More

  • Haggai and Zechariah Encourage the People

    Ezra 5

    The returned exiles continued the work God gave them because they were convinced that His eye was on them. As the Lord’s people today, we can likewise be confident that the Lord’s eye is on us. He will see through ...Read More

  • Work on the Temple Ceases

    Ezra 4

    Until the Lord casts all His enemies into the lake of fire, His foes will try to destroy His works. God’s people today, therefore, can expect opposition when they are serving Him and being used to build His kingdom, just ...Read More

  • Jehu Anointed King-of Israel

    2 Kings 9:1–13

    Dr. R.C. Sproul frequently observed that believing in God is easy but believing God is much harder. It is difficult to continue trusting in God’s promises, for so often the Lord seems to delay their fulfillment. This is especially ...Read More

  • Lord of the Nations

    2 Kings 8:7–15

    God’s people have lived under regimes that have been friendly to them and also those that have been hostile to them. As King over the nations, the Lord causes both kinds of regimes to rise and fall according to His ...Read More

  • Elisha Begins His Ministry

    2 Kings 2:15–25

    Matthew Henry comments on the boys who opposed Elisha: “Let the hideous shrieks and groans of this wicked, wretched brood make our flesh tremble for fear of God.” The Lord does not take the mockery of His Word lightly, so ...Read More

  • Elisha Succeeds Elijah

    1 Kings 19:19–21; 2 Kings 2:1–14

    Leaders of God’s people come and go, but His Word remains. No figure besides the Lord is indispensable in His kingdom, which is why we should not esteem any teacher or leader more than we esteem the Lord. God’s kingdom ...Read More

  • David’s Last Words

    2 Samuel 23

    David’s last words point us in the same direction as the rest of David’s reign—to the eternal kingdom of Christ. Meditating on this kingdom helps us develop right expectations for what can be accomplished in this life, and it keeps ...Read More

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